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Leave a legacy

By leaving us a gift in your will, you can help fund our vital work caring for children with life-shortening conditions and supporting their families.

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

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

Why are legacies such a good idea?

  • A legacy means you don’t have to make a payment now. You’ll have the peace of mind of knowing you’ll be supporting us, but not until after you die.
  • Without the generous legacies we get, we simply couldn’t provide our 24/7 care services. And we’re currently only able to support a small proportion of the families who need us, so your legacy could help us to reach other children, too.
  • 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 make a legacy?

A legacy can be however much you want it to be, and it’s surprisingly easy to do. 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. You can ask your solicitor to insert the wording, or if you’re doing your own will you might want to word it like this:

“I leave to Forget Me Not Children's Hospice of Russell House, Fell Greave Road, Huddersfield HD2 1NH, the sum of £[insert amount], free of duty, to be spent in support of the general purposes of the charity. I am happy for my executors to receive a receipt in that amount from an authorised officer of the charity as evidence of the discharge of their duties.”

You can also choose to leave a ‘residuary’ legacy, which means donating the balance of your estate once all of your other legacies have been honoured. Please talk to us about the wording for that.

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, why don't you make one during Forget Me Not's Make a Will month

What’s the next step?

If you’re interested in leaving us a legacy, the best place to start is with a no-obligation chat. 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