Leave a Gift in your Will
When you make a Will, you leave a legacy of care for your loved ones. A gift in your Will to NICHS provides a similar legacy to people with chest, heart and stroke conditions, funding vital care and support services as well as innovative research into these illnesses.
More than 335,000 people rely on our support services every week and this number is constantly changing. As almost 90% of what we do is funded by members of the public, we urgently need your support as we deliver our services throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.
Help us continue ‘caring through COVID’ by leaving us a Gift in your Will, knowing that thousands of people in Northern Ireland will benefit from practical care and support when they need it most.
A life-changing legacy
Gifts in Wills fund more than a third of our life-saving care and support services, as well as our research and other prevention work, such as community health checks and educational talks.
In Northern Ireland almost half of all adult deaths are caused by chest, heart or stroke illnesses. It’s therefore crucial that we can continue caring for people with these conditions and look for ways to prevent them in the first place – which is where gifts in Wills can make a huge difference.
We’d love if you would consider leaving a Gift in your Will to us so that together, we can help fight chest, heart and stroke-related illnesses for future generations.
- Seek professional advice and use a solicitor or financial expert to write your Will.
- To make a Will you must be 18 years old or over, be of sound mind, make your Will without pressure from another person, put it in writing and have it signed in the presence of two witnesses.
- You will need to choose one or two people to be responsible for sorting out your estate – the executor(s) of your Will. Your executor can be a relative, friend, bank official, solicitor or accountant.
- You must make a list of all your assets and debts and give this to your Will-writer.
- Decide who you would like to benefit from your estate. This may be family, friends and/or charitable organisations whom you support.
- You can change an existing Will by adding a Codicil Form,, or legal statement of intent to your Will. A Codicil is useful if you only want to make small changes to your Will, such as adding in a new beneficiary. You can download our Codicil or request one from Alison Vidamour on (028) 9026 6706. Please ensure that you give your completed Codicil form to your solicitor or Will-maker, to store with your Will.
- Store your Will safely. This can be at home, with your solicitor, your bank or at the Probate Office in Belfast.
If you decide to leave us a gift in your Will, we sincerely thank you. Please make sure to use our correct charity name and address details. Also, including our charity number is good practice as it clearly identifies NICHS as your intended charity.
Our general contact details are:
NI Chest Heart and Stroke, 21 Dublin Road, Belfast, BT2 7HB.
Charity No: NIC 103593; Company No: NI 18889 A Charity Limited by Guarantee.
There are three main ways that you can support our work with a gift in your Will.
- A residuary gift: when you leave all or a share of your estate, once all other commitments and wishes have been fulfilled.
- A pecuniary gift: when you gift an exact amount of money specified in your Will.
- A specific gift: such as property, jewellery, or any other items of worth.
Leaving a gift in your Will to NICHS could reduce your IHT liability if your estate is in excess of £350,000. In fact, gifts to charity are 100% tax-free and are taken out of your estate before IHT is calculated. Currently, if you leave 10% of your net estate to charity it will reduce the tax you pay from 40% to 36%.
If you would like to leave us a gift in your Will we suggest the following wording that can be used or amended by your Will-writer.
‘I bequeath to Northern Ireland Chest Heart & Stroke the sum of £… or, all/part* of the residue of my estate, to be applied to general purposes/or [insert area of NICHS work] and I declare that the receipt of the Honorary Treasurer, or Legacy Officer shall be sufficient discharge to my Executors.’
The examples below will give you an idea of the difference to others that a gift in your Will could make.
- £250 enables a Family Support Coordinator to provide every possible source of support to a chest, heart or stroke survivor on their road to recovery.
- £500 provides 10 activity sessions at one of our 22 NICHS Stroke Schemes providing support, exercise and enjoyment to a person whose life has been devastated by stroke.
- £3,000 supports 12 people affected by a devastating chest, heart or stroke condition to attend our Self-management Programme, helping them take control, regain confidence and rebuild their lives.
- £10,000 provides a broad range of vital information for carers and families, helping them to cope with the effects of chest, heart and stroke illnesses as well as educating them about how best to prevent a recurrence.
- £30,000+ funds or part funds a research project into chest, heart or stroke illness at a Northern Ireland-based university or hospital. Such research often helps to improve diagnoses, produce more effective treatments and supports disease prevention. Click here to read more about research projects we are currently funding.