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Leaving a Gift In Your Will

Remembering Nottingham Hospitals Charity with a gift in your Will is a wonderful way to say ‘thank you’ for the care that you, or a loved one, have received. What’s more, a gift to the Ward, Department or Research Area that is closest to your heart will continue to enhance the amazing care that takes place in our hospitals every day.

Gifts in Wills fund one third of our work every year.

From cancer research projects, to services for patients with Cystic Fibrosis, to end of life care at Hayward House, they enhance diagnosis, treatments and outcomes and are a vital means of support.

We know that your loved ones come first.

But after you’ve taken care of your family and friends, a gift to our hospitals – even just 1% of what’s left – will make the world of difference to our work.

For more information about leaving a gift in your Will to Nottingham Hospitals Charity, please call us on 0115 962 7905, or email charity@nuh.nhs.uk

Our promise to you

We know that writing a Will can sometimes be difficult and that complications can arise. We want to ensure that leaving a gift to Nottingham Hospitals Charity is as easy and stress-free as possible. Below are our promises to you to make sure that this happens:

Our promises to you

  1. We absolutely recognise that those closest to you come first in your Will
  2. We will never ask you the size or type of legacy if you decide to support our work this way
  3. We will never ask you to tell us your intentions, but if you do tell us your intentions, we will then able to say thank you – which is nice to do!
  4. We fully understand that personal circumstances change and there might be a time when you must take Nottingham Hospitals Charity out of your Will.
  5. We promise to use your gift wisely for the benefit of future generations

Why do people leave a legacy?

There are many reasons why our supporters choose to leave a gift in their Will to Nottingham’s Hospitals. One of the main reasons is so that they can say thank you for the care they or their loved ones have received.

Elizabeth Chant chose to leave an incredible legacy of £20,000 to our Haematology Day Case Unit. This was following the care she and her family received on the unit. Elizabeth’s brother, Roland, explains why:

“The key thing for Liz throughout the last months was that the Haematology Day Case Unit became her family. When she was being given endless blood transfusions, she relied totally on the staff there – they never let her down. They were able to help her through the ever deepening troughs with robust good humour and genuine laughs! I cannot speak highly enough of their care”.

Alan Thomas recently left a wonderful legacy of £200 to Hayward House – our palliative care centre. Alan had been a patient at Nottingham City Hospital but decided to leave a gift in his Will to Hayward House following the care received by members of his family a few years ago. Alan’s wife, Josephine, says

Alan’s brother and my sister were both looked after at Hayward House a few years ago. The care and love they received from the staff at Hayward House was wonderful and something we never forgot. So both Alan and I decided that we would leave a legacy in our Will to help the staff at Hayward House continue their fantastic work”.

Thanks to Alan and Elizabeth’s kind generosity, future patients and staff will benefit from the improvements made possible by their legacies.

Information for Solicitors and Will-writers

Any gift left in a will, no matter how large or small, is important to Nottingham Hospitals Charity.

We always recommend to our supporters that a Will is drawn up by a legal professional. This is so that they receive expert advice and their requests are protected and cannot be altered by others. We also advise that, where possible, the next of kin and family members are informed of our supporters decision to leave a gift in their Will to Nottingham Hospitals Charity.

It helps to ensure that the wording of the Will is precise and clear. When helping draw up a Will , please use the following wording as a guide and reference:

I give and bequeath the sum of £…. (or I leave the residue of my Estate) to Nottingham Hospitals Charity, or its successors, for the benefit of Nottingham University Hospitals generally, without imposing trust, but with the wish that it be used for the benefit of (or for equipment, etc. for) …. Ward/ ….Department/ ….Research.

I declare that the receipt of the Treasurer for the time being to the said Nottingham Hospitals Charity shall be sufficient discharge to my executors.”

When leaving a gift in a Will to Nottingham Hospitals Charity, it helps if the bequest is not too specific. This is because the medical equipment the Nottingham University Hospital Trust use, and the type of treatment provided, is constantly changing.

We would be more than happy to discuss with you the wording of a Will. We can also provide information about the work funded by Nottingham Hospitals Charity. For more information, please contact either:

Add a gift to an existing Will

If you are simply adding a gift in favour of Nottingham Hospitals Charity to an existing Will, this can be done using a ‘Codicil’. A ‘Codicil’ need not change the terms of your current Will, but can simply add a new instruction.

We strongly recommend that you consult a solicitor before making a Codicil, particularly if your Will already has Codicils.

To create a ‘Codicil’ simply download and print this form.

A few things to bear in mind:

  1. You cannot make changes or add instructions to your Will by writing or crossing anything out – these changes will not be valid.
  2. The only valid way to change/add information to a Will is through completing a Codicil.
  3. You will need to sign and date your Codicil in the presence of two witnesses, just like your Will.
  4. Do not attach the Codicil to your Will – simply keep them together. Any damage done to the Will caused by attaching additional documents may cause problems when your Will is read.
  5. Send, or give, a copy of the Will (in a sealed envelope if you prefer) to your Executor or other trusted friend, with a note indicating where the original Will is held.

Thank you for considering leaving a gift in your Will in support of Nottingham Hospitals Charity.  If you have any questions or would like any further information, you can contact us on 0115 962 7905 or email charity@nuh.nhs.uk.

Get Started

To find out more about how you can leave a gift in your will, contact our Individual Giving Fundraiser, Sian Anderson by calling 0115 962 7905 or emailing sian.anderson@nuh.nhs.uk.Sian Anderson

Individual Giving Fundraiser