Legacies are a vital source of income for Trinity. Each gift in a Will, however large or small, makes a huge difference to our work and helps to secure Trinity’s future. It is also a great way to support Trinity if you are not able to donate at this time.

Why write a Will?
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Making a Will is the best way to ensure that your wishes are carried out after your death and your property, money and possessions go to the people and organisations that matter to you.

Many people put off writing their Will as they expect it to be complicated. However, in reality it is relatively simple and a legal adviser can guide you through the process.

How to write a Will?
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You can write your own Will or ask a legal advisor such as a solicitor or Will writing service to draft it for you. This is the safer option as they can answer your questions, provide advice and will know the correct legal wording to use.

Before you begin, you will need to:

  • Make a list of everything you own – including property, money, shares, investments, life insurance policies, and all your valuables and possessions
  • Work out the value of these assets
  • Decide who should benefit from your estate, e.g. family, friends, charities
  • Decide who to appoint as your executor(s), i.e. the people who will administer your estate
There are three types of legacy that you can give to beneficiaries of your Will:
  • Residuary legacy: a gift of the remainder of your estate, or a percentage, after all other legacies and any debts cleared. Residuary legacies keep pace with inflation and are an effective way to divide the value of an estate between a number of people and causes
  • Pecuniary legacy: a gift of a fixed sum of money
  • Specific legacy: a gift of a specific item, e.g. a property or item of jewellery

Trinity’s Free Will Scheme
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At Trinity, we know that thinking about and making your Will can be a bit daunting, but we are here to help.

Making a Will is usually easier than you think, and to make it as easy as possible for you, we run a Free Will Fortnight twice a year in May and October. We have teamed up with a group of experienced and reliable local solicitors who will make or amend a Will for free. Trinity's next Free Will Fortnight will take place in May 2018.

Throughout the year we also run a Free Will Scheme, enabling every Trinity patient to make or amend a Will on the same basis as the Fortnight. Our team of local solicitors can visit you at home or Trinity as necessary.

If you would like to book an appointment with a solicitor for this service, please contact Philip Cuthell on 020 7787 1088 or by email.

Have you already included a gift to Trinity in your Will?
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If you have already left a gift to Trinity in your Will, thank you for your generosity. We are keen to know if people have included us in their Will in order that we can prepare for the future as a charity, but also so that we can acknowledge this thoughtful gift.

We therefore ask you to complete the pledge form here. You can either email or return it to us at the freepost address below. If you would prefer us to send you a paper copy and a free post envelope then please get in touch. We also offer our legacy pledgers a certificate to mark their gift, if you would like one; please tick the box on the pledge form.

Supporting Trinity as a solicitor
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As a solicitor you can support Trinity by signing up to our Free Will Scheme or bi-annual Free Will Fortnight to offer a free Will writing service to anyone who includes a gift to Trinity in their Will. This service increases the number of gifts in Wills to Trinity, providing us with a vital source of income to fund our free end of life care services.

Your firm will receive a variety of benefits by choosing to support Trinity in this way, including:

  • positive association with a respected local charity
  • promotion on our website, social media and marketing materials, as well as local PR coverage
  • membership to our Local Business Partnership

If you would like to find out more about supporting as a solicitor, please contact Philip Cuthell on 020 7787 1088 or by email.

Royal Trinity Hospice would like to thank the following law firms for their committed support for our Free Will Scheme.

Pothecary Witham Weld Solicitors

Gibson Young Solicitors 

Hanne & Co Solicitors

Contact us
For more information on leaving a legacy to Trinity, contact Philip Cuthell on 020 7787 1088 or via [email protected] 
Our freepost address is Freepost Plus RRCB-ERAZ-CKLS, Fundraising Department, Royal Trinity Hospice, London, SW4 0RN