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.
If you are thinking about leaving a gift to us in your Will, our Guide to Making a Will can help you gather all the information you'll need for the will-making process.
If you have already left us a gift in your Will, it would be an enormous help if you could please let us know using our Sharing Your Plans guide below. Any information you provide will be treated with the strictest confidence.
- Seek professional advice and use a solicitor or financial expert to write your Will. You can find a solicitor in your area by searching the Law Societies website https://www.lawsoc-ni.org/solicitors
- 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. Our Guide to Making a Will can help you gather the information you need to do this.
- Decide who you would like to benefit from your estate. This may be family, friends and/or charitable organisations whom you support.
- It is important to keep your Will up to date. Your personal circumstances may change and this may need to be reflected in an update to your Will. You can change an existing Will by contacting your solicitor who will make the amends for you and provide you with any advice you need.
- Store your Will safely. This can be at home, with your solicitor, your bank or at the Probate Office in Belfast.
As a supporter of NICHS you have the option to make your Will online, free of charge with our Will-writing partner, Bequeathed.
This Will service should be sufficient for most uncomplicated Wills, but if you need more detailed legal advice Bequeathed will provide options to access further legal support through a local Solicitor. You will need to set up an account with Bequeathed and answer their questions to set up your Will. Our Guide to Making a Will can help you gather the information you will need in preparation. Once you have provided the information needed, Bequeathed will organize a Zoom session with a local solicitor who will review your Will with you and ensure it covers your needs.
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.