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Leaving a gift in your will

Making a will is about securing your family’s future, after you’re gone. By leaving a gift in your will, you’ll help secure our future too. So we can be here for more families facing or living with the loss of their child. That’s a legacy to be proud of. 

We’re hugely grateful to all the remarkable people who leave us a gift in their will to support our work even after they’ve died. We’re very conscious that they won’t see the effects of their gift, so we take very seriously our responsibility to spend it wisely.

We need over £4 million a year to keep doing what we do, and less than 6% of our funding comes from the government. So once you’ve made provision for your loved ones, please do consider supporting the essential work of Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice.

Our promise to you:

  • We will never put pressure on you to leave a gift in your will
  • We recognise that those closest to you come first
  • We will use your gift wisely
  • We realise you might want your gift used in a special way - we can arrange that
  • We understand that you might have to change your mind due to a change in personal circumstances
  • We will treat you and your next of kin sensitively and with respect and gratitude.

Why are gifts in wills such a good idea?

  • Anybody can leave a gift in their will, no matter the size of their estate.
  • It costs nothing now to include a gift in your will but the impact of your gift will last long into the future.
  • You don’t have to leave a lump sum. Instead you can leave a percentage of your estate to your chosen charity.
  • Even a 1% gift will make a huge difference to the families we support, and means those closest to you will inherit 99% of your estate.
  • Every penny of your gift will go towards helping local children and their families.
  • Gifts to a charity are exempt from inheritance tax, income tax and capital gains tax. So when you gift it to a charity like ours, your money can go further and do more.

How do you leave a gift in your will?

Leaving a gift in your will is incredibly simple.

It’s simply a short instruction in your will which lets people know that you want someone (in this case, our children’s hospice) to benefit from your estate after you die. All you need is our name (Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice) and our registered charity number (1110457).

Don’t have a will?

If you die without having made a will, the law decides how your estate gets divided up – and your family and friends have no say in the matter. Everything you own could go to the government, and the people and charities you care about most could get nothing. So be sure to make a will: that way, your wishes will be cast in stone.

If you don't already have a will, use our free will-writing service in partnership with Farewill, the UK’s largest will-writing service.

Have more questions?

Ellie Hirst, private client solicitor at Chadwick Lawrence Solicitors has created a useful guide to leaving a gift in your will - download here

What’s the next step?

If you’re interested in leaving us a gift in your will and would like to talk to us about that, please get in touch. We’ll listen to what you want to do, talk you through what’s involved, and even give you a tour of the hospice so you can understand what a difference your donation would make. Please contact one of our fundraising team on 01484 411040 or email