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Leaving a Gift in your Will to Saint Francis Hospice 

1 in 5 of the local people we care for are currently funded by gifts in Wills. Legacies are enormously important in helping to fund the Hospice, currently providing up to a third of the £7.8 million needed from donations each year. 

Richard Madeley interviews Mr & Mrs Morley who honoured their brother's wishes to leave a donation to the Hospice after his death, despite not including this gift in a Will

Christopher Morley was a weekly visitor to Pemberton Place, receiving advice, support and clinical care for his Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). Time spent at the Hospice with others not only helped Christopher with his health issues but also with his social health and well-being, an holistic approach which is essential in providing care for those with life-limiting illnesses.


Whilst receiving care, Christopher spoke about getting his affairs in order and mentioned to his family that he wished to support the Hospice through leaving a gift in his Will but unfortunately did not get round to making a Will before he died in November 2016. 

However, his family were proudly able to honour his wishes by making a £20,000 legacy gift from his estate. Our Patron, Richard Madeley interviewed his brother and sister-in-law about the process and Christopher’s experience of using our day unit services in Pemberton Place.


Why it is important to plan ahead

Did you know that one in four people die in the UK without make a Will?

We all know how important it is to make sure that we look after the ones we love, and this doesn’t stop after we have gone. Making a Will and keeping it updated through changes in our lives and circumstances is so important as without one, there’s no guarantee that your money, home or treasured possessions will go where you want them to. 


Once you have made provision for your loved ones, you may wish to consider supporting Saint Francis Hospice with a gift in your Will to ensure we are able to continue to provide world-class care for local people when they need it most.


Help us to make a real difference to local people and their families needing hospice care

Remembering the Hospice in your Will is a simple and lasting way to help make a real difference to the lives of our patients and their families and enables us to provide the highest standards of Hospice care to those who need it, now and in the years to come.

Legacies contribute to funding all aspects of patient care and the money is used where it is most needed. This can range from helping to purchase new equipment through to running costs of the Hospice, including inpatient treatment as well as the cost of running our home care services.

Leaving a gift in your Will to Saint Francis Hospice is easier than you think.

If you haven’t yet made a Will, it can be done when you see a solicitor or other legal professional, such as a Will writer. If you already have a Will, your legacy to the Hospice can simply be added to your existing Will using a Codicil, which can be arranged by your solicitor.

If you choose to leave a gift to us, please use the following recommended wording:

I give the sum of £………………….

Or: All of the residue of my estate

Or: One …. share of the residue of my estate

Or: ….% of my estate (this will help to secure the value of your gift against the effects of inflation)

Or: All my personal effects, e.g. jewellery, furniture (please give your solicitor a clear description of the items)

to Saint Francis Hospice (registered charity number 275913) of The Hall, Havering-atte-Bower, Romford, Essex RM4 1QH for its general purposes and a receipt signed by a person for the time being allowed by the Trustees of Saint Francis Hospice shall be good and sufficient discharge to my Executors for the payment or transfer of the said assets to Saint Francis Hospice.

We completely respect your wishes when leaving a gift to us. However, it is always preferable to leave gifts unconditionally where possible, as this allows us to use your gift where it is most needed when we receive it.

A gift that costs nothing now but will help to provide amazing care in the future for people and their families when they need it most. Legacy gifts are a tax-efficient way of supporting us

Supporting the Hospice with a gift in your Will won’t cost you a penny now, and as we are a registered charity, every legacy left is exempt from Inheritance Tax, which can help to reduce the tax payable on your estate, as your gift is removed before the value of your estate is calculated for tax. You could even avoid Inheritance Tax completely by pledging to give everything over and above the IHT threshold to charity. When you write your Will, your solicitor can advise you further on this. 

How your legacy gift can help

£1,000 - could pay for 18 hours of Hospice at Home care

£7,500 - could pay for the cost of inpatient care for one person

£21,000 - could pay to run our Hospice services for one day

£100,000 - could pay for two Clinical Nurse Specialists for one year

Be part of our tomorrow with a gift in your Will today

Did you know that one in three people will be affected by Hospice care at some point in their lives? If you remember Saint Francis Hospice in your Will, in years to come your gift could help to provide care for someone you know or love in your community.

If you would like to find out more about leaving a legacy gift in your Will, or if you have already done so and would like to tell the Hospice, please call Susan Spencer, Legacy Manager on 01708 771403 or email susanspencer@sfh.org.uk