The importance of making a Will
Anyone aged 18 or over can make a Will, and it is one of the most important things you can do. It is a simple and inexpensive way of ensuring that your money and possessions go to the people and organisations that you want them to. Without a Will the law will decide how your Estate is to be distributed. Any gifts you make to charity are deducted from your Estate before Inheritance Tax is calculated and leaving a gift to a charity can be a way of reducing the overall Inheritance Tax liability on your Estate.
Why include SECHC in your Will?
SECHC does not receive any government funding. We therefore entirely depend on donations from charitable Trusts, local organisations and businesses, from individuals and from legacies to enable us to continue to provide and develop the range of services which we offer to those affected by cancer. Gifts from legacies help us to continue to fund our services, increase the number of people we can help and to plan for the future as we respond to the changing needs of those we serve.
By remembering SECHC in your Will you will help to ensure that future cancer patients, and their families and carers, have access to our well regarded, established and developing range of supportive services at their time of need.
What to do next
Whether you are making your Will for the first time, or just need to update it, including a gift to SECHC is not complicated.
If you have not yet written a Will, then we suggest you arrange this with a solicitor. It is always best to ask a legal adviser to draft your Will. He or she will know the correct form of words and can avoid ambiguities and misunderstandings. They can explain about the different types of legacies that can be made. If you do decide to leave a legacy to SECHC in your Will, please remember to include our registered charity number: 1011509.
If you already have a Will and want to add a donation to SECHC then ask your solicitor about a Codicil (a legal document read in conjunction with your existing Will that amends it to include your additional request) again using our registered charity number: 1011509.
If you would like to find out more about the work we do or if you would like to visit the Centre please contact our Centre Manager on 020 8668 0974.
All gifts, regardless of size, are greatly appreciated. Your generosity will be acknowledged and we will ensure that your gift makes a valued contribution to the continuation of our work.