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Gifts in wills

Could you support Barnsley Hospice with a gift in your will?

The gifts we receive in wills from our supporters are essential to help us to maintain the quality of care we provide for patients and their families. They enable us to sustain and improve services and facilities for the benefit of local people.

Any gift, large or small, makes a difference and is a wonderful way support the future of the hospice. Whether people give £50 or £50,000, donate a piece of jewellery or an antique, bequest a gift of shares or a percentage of their estate, we promise to use each gift carefully so that it has the greatest impact on the care we provide for future patients and their loved ones.

Making a will gives you peace of mind knowing that you have provided for your loved ones and that your wishes will be carried out and, of course, the interests of those close to you come first but once you have provided for them, please consider leaving a gift to Barnsley Hospice if you are able.

If you already have a will in place but wish Barnsley Hospice to benefit in some way; this can easily be added with a codicil. A codicil is a way of making a change or addition to your existing will without having to redraft the will completely. Your solicitor will be able to advise on this.

There are a number of ways you might decide to support the Hospice:

  • A gift of money, you can leave a specific amount to us which is known as a ‘pecuniary gift’.
  • A share of your estate, this is a gift of what is left of your estate (or part of) after all debts, taxes, costs and other bequests. It can be a percentage or fraction of your estate and is known as a ‘residuary gift’.
  • A gift of a particular item, eg. jewellery, a painting or antique, known as a ‘specific gift’.

Just tell your solicitor who will ensure that your wishes are included using the correct legal wording. If you choose to support Barnsley Hospice in this way the following details will assist your solicitor:

Barnsley Hospice
104 – 106 Church Street
S75 2RL
Registered charity number 700586

NB: Please also note that leaving a gift in your will can reduce the amount of tax payable on your estate. Under Inheritance Tax rules, if your net estate is worth more than £325,0000 it will be liable to 40 % inheritance tax. Gifts to charities are exempt, so if you do leave a charitable gift it will be deducted from your estate before any tax liability is calculated. Also, if you leave a gift of 10% or more of the net value of your estate to a qualifying charity, the rate of Inheritance Tax is reduced from 40% to 36%. For more information, please speak to your solicitor.

Each February, we also hold our Make a Will Month in which a number of local solicitors donate their time free of charge to help you draw up a will and ask you to make a donation to the hospice instead. We will have more information on next year’s Make a Will Month very soon!