Legacies and In Memory Giving

In memory giving

It is always sad to lose a loved one and nothing a charity can say or do will change the way family and friends feel about their loss. However many people ask for donations to be made to a charity on their behalf instead of family and friends purchasing flowers for a funeral, or simply as a way of remembering them on future anniversaries.

If you would like this to happen it is worth considering a request for your Executor(s) to arrange this, which can be written into your Will alongside your other preferences for funeral arrangements.

If you are arranging such a collection in memory of a loved one please let us know. We can provide suitable envelopes and leaflets explaining to donors where the money is being used.

Often a Funeral Director will arrange a collection and forward funds to us as part of their service to the family. We will always acknowledge such gifts to the Funeral Director and to family if so requested.

Remembering us in your Will

Since The Haemochromatosis Society was registered in 1991 public and medical awareness of genetic haemochromatosis (GH) has improved, support for patients is more readily available, and research has come a long way. However, there is still work to do; the more effective we can be in bringing down the average age of diagnosis the fewer people will lose their lives to GH.

By leaving us a donation in your Will, large or small, you could change the future for the thousands of people affected or potentially affected by iron overload. With your help we can support the increasing number of people who need advice and information, and with your help we can extend our research programme.

There are three different types of legacy you could leave us once you have provided for your family and friends:

  • A residuary gift is a percentage of the remainder of your estate once other gifts and expenses have been settled
  • pecuniary gift is a specified cash sum. Due to inflation the value of a pecuniary legacy erodes over time, so may like to consider index-linking this type of gift
  • specific legacy is where a donor leaves us a non-cash gift such as property, stocks and shares or a personal item

Making a Will is very important, not just so that you can remember a charity but for the following reasons too:

  • You can ensure your family and friends are looked after financially
  • Arrangements for your funeral and other wishes will be respected
  • Leaving a gift to charity can reduce the inheritance tax your family pays to the state
  • You can name an Executor, someone you trust, to deal with your affairs
  • Sentimental items can be distributed according to your wishes
  • Without a Will, administering your estate can be much more complex
  • Without a Will, in some circumstances your estate may pass to the state
  • Without a Will, administration can cause distress to your family at a difficult time

If you require further legal advice, it is best to speak to a solicitor or qualified Will-writer. If you or your solicitor/Will-writer need any further information about the charity please email the Chief Executive at chiefexec@haemochromatosis.org.uk.

It would help us to know your intentions if you are thinking of leaving a gift in your Will. This will allow the trustees of the charity to plan ahead and allow us to say thank you properly. Please be assured that we appreciate that leaving a legacy is a very personal and important decision and any information you provide will be kept strictly confidential.

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