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Leaving a gift in your Will

Means we can continue ‘Making every day count’ for years to come

Even during the toughest moments, we’re ‘Making every day count.’

At Havens Hospices, we want everyone to feel recognised and treated as an individual and to enjoy the best possible quality of life throughout their illness. Last year legacies helped pay for the care of one in three of our patients across Havens Hospices. 

If you’d like to help us provide vital life support for future generations, please consider a gift in your will to Havens Hospices today. 

Take a look further down on this page for information on how leaving a gift in your Will works, how you can support us by writing a free Will online with Guardian Angel, and a list of solicitors in the local area who are kindly giving their time for free in return for a donation to Havens Hospices.
Girl sat in her wheelchair in the sensory room at Little Havens with mum

Writing your Will online

We are working with the Guardian Angel Network to offer an simple FREE online Will writing service to our supporters. Please support our essential hospice care by writing your Will here and either leave a donation to Havens Hospices or a lasting gift in your will. Your support will help us continue ‘Making every day count’ for people in your community. 

If you’re ever been to the hospice, you’ll have seen first-hand the vital care we provide for local children, young people and adults. 

You may also have experienced the support we continue to provide for families, carers and friends after the death of a loved one. A gift in your Will for Havens Hospices will help us continue providing our specialist care to families like Mark’s. 

“There are no words to describe the difference Fair Havens has made during my stay here. I was in pain and had anxiety about visiting the hospice because of the myth is that it’s a place where you go to die.”

The solicitors in the list below are kindly giving their time and expertise for free in return for a suggested donation of £90 for an individual Will, £150 for a pair of mirror Wills or £50 for a codicil to Havens Hospices.

To take up this offer, please contact them to book an appointment quoting ‘Havens Hospices Wills’. 

We know a gift in your Will is very personal and that not everybody wishes to tell us about their gift.  However, if you do choose to tell us, we would like to thank you during your lifetime.

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How it works

We understand that writing or amending a will can be a daunting process, below are some of the frequently asked questions

We are a registered charity – not part of the NHS – and receive limited government funding. Our hospice care can only exist because of the support and generosity of the community such as gifts given through people’s legacies. 

In 2018 over 15% of our income was raised through legacies, every penny we receive from legacies helps us to continue caring for adults and children diagnosed with a complex or incurable condition. Together, we’re ‘Making every day count’

Your gift can be anything you choose, from a gift of personal belongings to a cash sum (known as a 'Pecuniary Legacy'), or a part/the whole of your remaining estate once other gifts and expenses have been paid (known as a 'Residuary Legacy').

You don’t need to be rich to leave a legacy to Havens Hospices, every little helps. We must raise over £85,000 each week to be there for everyone who needs us. Every legacy we receive, large or small, helps us continue ‘Making every day count’

We strongly advise that you use a solicitor to have your Will drafted or updated, especially if inheritance tax is payable on your estate. You can find a solicitor by using the search engine on the Law Society website. You can search by postcode or location to get a list of solicitors in your area.

If you are leaving a gift to Havens Hospices in your Will, please use the name “Havens Hospices” and include our address: 226 Priory Crescent, Southend on Sea, Essex, SS2 6PR and Registered Charity Number 1022119.

If you have an existing Will, but would like to include a gift to Havens Hospices, you can make a codicil, which is supplementary to your Will and can make simple changes or additions to it. We recommend that you see a solicitor when making a codicil, so they can advise you about the process and draft the codicil correctly.

Let your solicitor have the name, address and registered charity number of Havens Hospices (226 Priory Crescent, Southend on Sea, Essex, SS2 6PR and Registered Charity Number: 1022119) together with a note of the item, cash sum, or share of residue you wish to leave.

Once the codicil is approved and signed by you (in the presence of two witnesses) it will be placed with your Will, and after your death, the two documents will be read together as though the codicil was always an integral part of your Will.

Gifts to charity are exempt from inheritance tax, so the charity will receive the full value of any gift you choose to leave.

If you leave a gift of 10% of the net value of your estate to charity (the net value being the sum of all the assets after deducting any debts, liabilities, reliefs, exemptions and the nil-rate band) it may be possible to pay inheritance tax on all (or on components of your estate) at a reduced rate of 36% rather than 40%.

The calculations used to work out which part or parts of your estate qualify for a reduced rate of inheritance tax are very complicated. We would strongly advise that you see a solicitor to ensure you get the best advice and ensure your Will is drafted correctly.

To find out more about leaving a gift in your Will call Emma Hamilton on 01702 220 308