Leave a Gift in Your Will

Leaving a donation to Overgate Hospice in your will won’t cost you a penny now but every donation helps to secure the future of our specialist care for local people for many years to come.

Donations gifted in wills fund the care of 1 in every 5 of our patients, showing how vital these legacies are to those who need this care and the people closest to them.  

By leaving a legacy to Overgate, could help ensure that future generations have access to our specialist care services for as long as they may need them.

 


Thank you for considering leaving Overgate Hospice a gift in your will. There are many ways you can do this and we hope our guide will help with any questions you may have.

There are three types of gifts you could leave: 
 
- A pecuniary legacy - a gift of a fixed sum of money to a named person or organisation.
- A specific legacy - a gift of a particular item (not money), such as jewellery to a named person or organisation.
- A residuary legacy - a portion, or the entirety of everything that remains after other specific gifts, expenses and taxes have been paid. For example, you could leave as little as 1% of your remaining estate to Overgate Hospice.

We strongly suggest that you consult with a solicitor or will writing professional when you decide to make a will.

 
 

What if I already have a will?


It is very important to keep your will up to date. Altering an existing will can be done simply by adding a codicil. This is a separate legal document witnessed in its own right. Again, consulting with a solicitor is the best way to add a codicil and ensure it is legally binding. A codicil must be kept with your will but not attached to it.



How do I word a legacy or codicil?


If you decide to leave a gift in your will to Overgate Hospice please ensure you include the following wording to ensure that no problems arise when your will is executed: Overgate Hospice, Elland - registered charity 511619.


View our helpful guide


For more information about leaving a gift in your will to Overgate Hospice please contact the Fundraising Team on 01422 387121 or email us.

Sarah's Story

"Hi, I’m Sarah and I recently decided to leave a gift in my Will to Overgate Hospice. I have lived in Calderdale my whole life and grew up knowing of the Hospice and the care they provide, however my first personal experience of Overgate came 12 years ago. My Auntie Chris was admitted to Overgate at the end of her battle with cancer and she spent her final days in the warmth and comfort of the incredible team. I was amazed by the care she received and immediately felt inspired to support the Hospice to ensure this care was available to all local families going through a similar experience. My family and I began to take part in a variety of fundraising activities for the Hospice including their annual Midnight Walk and organising our own Mediterranean Night.

A number of years later I visited my solicitor to update my will and at the end of the process I was asked if I would like to leave a gift to a charity. I had never thought about this before however I loved the idea that I could leave a gift to the charity that had cared for my Auntie Chris so well in her final days. I have two children and as I hope to still be here for years to come, I was unsure how much to pledge to Overgate however my solicitor informed me that I could leave a percentage to the charity to ensure that my family were taken care of first, and then a percentage would go to the Hospice. I signed up to leave 1% of my estate to the Hospice.

This may not seem like much but it means that I can be sure my children will receive the vast majority of anything left when I die but it also means that I can leave a gift to another family who need loving care and support from Overgate, helping them at the most difficult time."