Leaving a gift in your will is such a powerful act of love

Rebecca decided to leave Sue Ryder a gift in her will at just 23 years old, after both her father and grandfather received compassionate end-of-life care at Sue Ryder Wheatfields Hospice in Leeds.

Rebecca with her dad, Neil
Rebecca with her dad, Neil, who was cared for at Sue Ryder Wheatfields Hospice

Supporting families in the future

School teacher Rebecca was just 23 when her father Neil died in 2015 at the age of 51. Her grandfather Duncan, 81, died a year later in 2016, leaving Rebecca determined to ensure Sue Ryder will continue to be there when it matters for other families in the future.

“I hope that my gift will be able to support families that find themselves in need of the care that Sue Ryder provides. My dad spent two days in Sue Ryder Wheatfields Hospice in August 2015 following a cancer diagnosis. The end-of-life care he received was second-to-none and the staff were so understanding.

“My granddad also spent his final days in the hospice in October 2016. The support from all the staff made their final days comfortable and helped my family come to terms with loss and life after losing a loved one.”

“The decision to leave a gift to Sue Ryder was heavily influenced by my experience of the hospice, not only the patient care but also support of relatives”

“Before my own personal encounter with Wheatfields Hospice, I was not a regular supporter of the charity, but I was aware of the work that Sue Ryder do as several of my friends’ parents had visited the hospice for end-of-life care.

“Personally, the decision to leave a gift to Sue Ryder was an incredibly easy one. It was heavily influenced by my experience of the hospice, not only the patient care but also support of relatives. The staff are welcoming and compassionate; visiting Sue Ryder Wheatfields Hospice is a sad event for many people but to be greeted with a smile makes all the difference. Giving back to the hospice is very important to me.

“The amount of support and care that Sue Ryder provides is life-changing for many people. My family and I have experienced the palliative care, holistic therapy and counselling services which have been extremely beneficial and helped with the grieving process.”

A sense of contentment

Making a will at the age of 23 may seem like an unnecessary thing to do, however, it has brought a sense of contentment and I know that in the event of my death my affairs will be in order.

“The process of making a will was very simple – the hardest part was deciding on benefactors. I went with my mum to a local solicitor who dealt with the will and advised that making any changes just required an appointment and the will to be amended as necessary.

“Remembering charities in your will, no matter how big or small, is to give a gift that carries on helping others after you have gone. Sue Ryder Wheatfields Hospice is a charity that provides help to so many people so you know that your gift is going to assist in the excellent work they undertake.” 

Leaving a gift in you will

By leaving a gift in your will to Sue Ryder, you will help to provide palliative, bereavement and neurological care in our hospices, neurological centres and in the community.

We treat more conditions than any other UK-based charity and our doctors, nurses and carers focus on giving people the best quality of care possible during some of the most difficult and devastating times of their lives. 

Looking to the future, gifts in wills are even more crucial to ensure that more care is provided for more people. This means doubling the amount of people that we care for and support by 2023. Demand is growing for our end of life services, bereavement support and specialist neurological care, and gifts in Wills can help us reach more people than ever before.

Remember a Charity Week

Remember a Charity Week is a charity wide campaign, promoting the importance of gifts in Wills to UK charities. 

Here at Sue Ryder, gifts in Wills are vital in funding our work and we are incredibly grateful to all the kind people who chose to include us in their Wills. People from all walks of life include charities in their Wills, and a gift in a Will, be it large or small can make a huge difference to the future of Sue Ryder’s work.

Leave a legacy of care with a gift in your will

Through Gifts in Wills you can help more people to be supported through the most difficult times of their lives. Read how you can include Sue Ryder in your will and request your free Gifts in Wills Guide.