Leaving a gift in your will is your opportunity to not only support our service but also to leave a lasting legacy that will help save the lives of future generations.
Gifts in wills are a vital part of our funding and pay for one in every five missions. A gift in your will could contribute in a number of ways and allow us to buy new lifesaving technology, medical equipment, and protective uniform.
Every legacy we receive helps us continue our lifesaving mission. We can continue providing advanced pre-hospital care to those who need it the most and give our patients the best possible chance of survival.
If you’d like to find out more about leaving a gift in your will, please contact our legacy team on email@example.com or call 0780 232 7041.
Download our free brochure to learn more about leaving a gift in your will.
Our promise to you
A legacy to your North West Air Ambulance Charity is a promise to ensure we can continue our lifesaving missions for years to come. A promise that will see us arrive at incident scenes in minutes to deliver pre-hospital care and offer the hope of better outcomes for our patients.
In return, here is our promise to you.
- We know that your family and friends are important and understand that everyone you hold dear comes first.
- We are grateful for every single penny that is given to your North West Air Ambulance Charity. We will spend your money wisely and ensure it makes the most impact on delivering lifesaving missions.
- We respect that this is your decision, and you need to carefully consider leaving a gift in your will, in your own time.
- We will always respect your privacy and appreciate that your will is personal to you. Any personal information you choose to give us will be handled securely, confidentially, and with the utmost respect.
- We are discreet and will always keep your decision completely confidential. You don’t have to tell us what you decide to do, but it can help us plan for the future and will allow us to thank you if you do remember us in your will.
Thank you so much for considering this way of giving, with your help today your North West Air Ambulance Charity can continue saving lives and through a gift in your will, no matter how big or small, the effect will last for generations.
Gifts in your will
There are many ways you can support us in your will that will help save more lives in the North West.
A specific gift: We’re grateful for any gift left to us. Some examples are antiques, jewellery, artwork, stocks and shares.
A cash gift: You can leave a fixed amount of money to us. This is known as a pecuniary gift.
A share of your estate: After you’ve provided for your family and friends, you can leave a share, or the remainder, of your estate to us. This is known as a residual gift.
A gift in trust: You can leave a gift for someone to use for a specific period of time and when that time is up, the gift can then be passed on to us.
With you every step of the way
Gaynor Lanceley is our Legacy Officer and Patient Support Co-ordinator.
As a legacy specialist, Gaynor works with supporters who wish to leave a lasting gift to the charity, dealing with initial legacy enquiries and assisting solicitors and family members in administering estates. She is a specialist STEP qualified solicitor, member of Solicitors for the Elderly, and worked in private practice for 18 years.
Her Patient Support Coordinator role means that she’s there for our patients and their families and sees first hand the impact your legacy will make to future generations in the North West.
Free Wills Network
In partnership with the Free Wills Network, we’re delighted to offer a will writing service that gives you the opportunity to work alongside a solicitor in selected locations across the North West, free of charge.
It’s a great opportunity to start a will or have your existing will updated. A will gives you peace of mind that your loved ones are protected and gives you the option to leave a gift to a charity too.
If you’d like to learn more, get in touch with firstname.lastname@example.org.
Changing your will
If you already have a will and want to leave a gift to your North West Air Ambulance Charity, all you have to do is make a ‘Codicil’. We have created a simple template to help you with this, and if you would like to use this codicil it is important to take the advice of your professional adviser to ensure it meets your wishes and does not conflict with your existing will. A cash gift can easily be added in minutes. If you would prefer to leave us a share of your residuary estate please contact your solicitor.
How will the North West Air Ambulance Charity use my gift? When we receive your legacy gift, we promise to use it in the most cost-effective manner to ensure we are able to deliver quality lifesaving pre-hospital care where it is needed most.
When is a good time to make my will? Any time is a good time to make a will. Surprisingly, many people pass on without making a will, which means family or friends left behind may face some difficulty. By making a will now, you can have the peace of mind that you have protected your estate and provided for your loved ones.
What type of gift is best? Every gift in every will makes a difference however large or small. A residuary gift (what is left of the estate after all other legacies, tax debts, and costs have been paid) is popular with many of our supporters because it ensures your loved ones are taken care of first and foremost. Considering a small gift such as a few pounds or just 1% of your estate will help your North West Air Ambulance Charity for future generations.
Who should act as an executor of my will? Executors are the people who will carry out your wishes in accordance with your Will. You can appoint anyone you like, perhaps a close friend or family member, but make sure you ask them first. Some people prefer to appoint a professional executor such as a solicitor.
Do I need to draw up a new will? If you do not wish to alter your existing will other than to include a gift to North West Air Ambulance Charity, you can amend your will by preparing a document called a Codicil. We recommend that you consult a solicitor to ensure that the Codicil is valid and your wishes will take effect. By using our suggested wording for a Codicil Form, you will ensure that your gift is valid.
Can a gift to charity help me pay less tax? Gifts to UK registered charities are exempt from Inheritance tax. We recommend you speak with your solicitor for any advice on tax issues.
Do I have to let you the North West Air Ambulance Charity know I have left them a gift in my will? You are not obliged to inform us of any decision you make on leaving a gift to your North West Air Ambulance Charity. If you are happy to share this information with us it does enable us to thank you for your support. Letting us know also helps us to plan for the future and keep you informed about our ongoing work.
What happens if I change my mind? You are free to change your mind at any time. Letting us know you plan to leave a gift in your will to your North West Air Ambulance Charity doesn’t commit you to doing so.
A helpful guide to legal terminology
Assets: Everything that you own, i.e. your house, money, investments, and personal possessions like furniture and jewellery.
Beneficiaries: All those people, organisations, and charities you wish to benefit under the terms of your will. Beneficiaries can also be referred to as legatees.
Codicil: A simple legal document adding to, or altering, an existing will. A codicil is used where only a minor change is needed and there is no need to make a new will, we have prepared a simple example that can be found
Contingent Legacy: A gift that is dependent on an event that may or may not happen. For example, if the testator outlives an intended beneficiary, a gift might pass instead to a nominated charity.
Estate: The total sum of your possessions, property, and money left after your death after debts and/or expenses connected with your estate have been deducted.
Executor(s): The people you appoint to carry out the terms of your Will. It is usual to appoint two people, but you can appoint up to a maximum of four. Executors can benefit under the terms of the will.
Guardian(s): The person(s) appointed in a will to look after your young children if there is no-one else with parental responsibility to do so.
Inheritance Tax: Inheritance Tax can be avoided or reduced by leaving a legacy to a charity as all gifts in your will to charity are free of inheritance tax.
Intestate: If you die without a will, the law declares intestacy and decides how your assets will be distributed, regardless of your wishes.
Legacy: Any gift you leave in your will to a person or charity.
Liabilities: All your debts, including your mortgage and other money you owe.
Life interest: The right of a beneficiary to benefit from part or all of your estate for their lifetime. For example, in your will you give a relative/friend the right to live in a property for their lifetime.
Probate: The legal process by which your Executors administer your estate in accordance with your will.
Residue: The total sum of your possessions, property and money left at your death after debts and gifts of fixed sums to beneficiaries have been paid.
Testator: A person who has made a will.