More kind-hearted people are leaving gifts to charities in their Wills than ever before, with a million legacies left in the past decade.
This week 6 – 12 September is Remember a Charity Week and people are encouraged to consider supporting a charity close to their heart – even after they’ve gone.
Gifts in Wills are a critical source of funding for charitable services across the country, raising more than £3 billion for good causes annually – and have been the fastest growing source of voluntary income for charities over the past twenty-one years.
Today marks the start of Remember a Charity Week, an opportunity for charities around the country to raise awareness of passing on something wonderful by including a charity in your Will after family and friends have been taken care of.
Leaving St Martins a gift in your will is a valuable and lasting way of supporting us. It costs nothing during your lifetime but will have a powerful impact for years to come. Your gift would:
- Support society’s most vulnerable people through new accommodation initiatives
- Help us to provide more support workers in the community to prevent people from becoming homeless
- Enable a person to reach their potential through educational and vocational opportunities
There are three different ways that you can do this:
A share of your estate:
Once you’ve taken care of your family and friends, you can leave a share of what’s left of your estate, also known as a ‘residual gift’. As this is a proportion of your estate, it will keep pace with inflation and not lose value.
A fixed sum of money:
This is also known as a ‘pecuniary gift’. It is worth revising pecuniary gifts every couple of years, as their value could be eroded by inflation.
A specific gift:
You may choose to leave a specific item, such as jewellery or stocks and shares. It’s best to take professional advice from your solicitor in such instances, to ensure your wishes are properly carried out.
Every gift, no matter how large or small, makes an incredible difference. We are extremely grateful for each and every gift.
A legacy gift to St Martins Housing Trust can be made by contacting your solicitor.