Around a third of our fundraised income comes from gifts in Wills left to us by our generous supporters. Your gifts enable us to be there for more people when it matters, to support them through their most difficult times, and help them live the best life they possibly can.
Gifts in Wills help us 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 frightening times of their lives.
Along with expert medical care, there is love and laughter.
There are overnight stays, gentle walks in the garden, pets visiting from home, and plenty of tea and understanding; even the occasional wedding.
We see the person, not the condition, taking time to understand the small things that help that person live the fullest life they can.
Gifts in Wills are vital to Sue Ryder
Looking to the future, gifts in Wills are even more crucial for us so we can provide more care 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.
Naturally, we understand that gifts in Wills are a personal matter, and that friends and family must come first. But if you’re also planning to support a cause you care about, we’d love you to consider us.
Making a Will provides an opportunity to ensure the people you care for are provided for, and that your wishes are followed after you die. Having an up-to-date Will is extremely important and can be easier than you think, and we would strongly advise you to see a solicitor before actually making or changing your Will.
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I left a gift in my Will to Sue Ryder because the medical experts, therapists and volunteers are outstanding."
Writing your Will
Choosing a solicitor
If you don’t have a solicitor, the names and addresses of local practices can be found through the Law Society In England and Wales, please contact the Law Society for details of a firm near you. In Scotland, please contact the Law Society of Scotland.
Witnessing your Will
When your Will has been prepared, it must be signed and witnessed. You must have two independent witnesses, and each of them must sign in the presence of you and the other witness.
The name, address and occupation of witnesses should be recorded with their signature. But please note that your witnesses should not be beneficiaries under your Will because any gifts to them will become invalid.
Legal differences in Scotland
Scotland has its own legal system and Will-writing requirements. Your solicitor will be able to advise you on the different rules that apply to Wills in Scotland.
Keep your Will in a safe place
It is not necessary to register your Will with any authority. However, you should make sure it is kept in a safe place (together with any codicils) and let your executors know where it is so that they can find it swiftly in the event of your death.
You may find it helpful to ask your solicitor to retain the original version of your Will and provide you with a copy.
Cancellation or accidental loss of your Will
You can cancel or ‘revoke’ a Will, but this is not necessary if you are replacing it with a new one. A new Will normally includes wording that cancels all previous Wills with words such as: ‘I hereby revoke all previous Wills, codicils and testamentary provisions made by me at any time and declare this to be my last Will.’
If you lose your Will, it would still be considered legally valid until you executed a new one. Most people ask the solicitor who drew up their Will to keep the original and give them a copy.