Leaving a gift in your Will to Sheffield Hospitals Charity is simple – whether you’re drawing up a new Will or amending an existing one. We always recommend that you speak to a solicitor when making any changes to your Will, as this will give you peace of mind that your Will wording is correct and your wishes will be followed.  

When thinking about your Will, it’s important to consider how you'd like to take care of the people closest to you first. For example, you might want to leave a specific amount of money, a percentage of your overall estate, or an item that holds sentimental value.  

Once you’ve considered your friends and family, you may wish to think about the causes that are important to you. You can choose to support as few or as many charities as you like, either with a specific sum of money or a percentage of what’s left of your estate. However you choose to support Sheffield Hospitals Charity, your gift will make a real and lasting difference to the next generation.

You can find the answer to many frequently asked questions below. If you have a question that is not covered below, or would just like to discuss how your legacy could have an impact on local patients, please get in touch with us on 0114 226 7351, or email [email protected].

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Frequently asked questions

What are the different kinds of legacy gift? 

There are two main types of legacy gift: 

A residuary gift, meaning you leave a percentage of your estate to the beneficiary. 

A pecuniary gift, meaning you leave a specific sum to the beneficiary. 

What areas might my gift support? 

Your gift could help in many different ways. You could help to develop our wards or other hospital spaces, making them more comfortable for our patients. You could provide new medical equipment to improve patient outcomes. You could help our researchers in their search for cures to terrible diseases. Or you could help to make our hospitals happier places to be, by providing sessions and activities for patients to take part in. 

If you would like to leave a gift to support a particular department, clinical area, or a specific part of our work, we would be delighted to discuss this with you and give you advice on how best to word your Will.

Do many people support Sheffield Hospitals Charity in this way? 

Over the past five years, we have received over 100 bequests from generous supporters. Some of these have been modest, others have been very significant – but every one has been gratefully received and carefully spent. 

I can’t leave a large gift – can I still make a difference? 

Yes. In fact, sometimes the smallest of improvements can make the biggest difference to our patients – like providing warm clothes and incubator covers for tiny babies in the Jessop Wing, or helping to alleviate boredom and loneliness across our hospitals with arts activities and craft packs.  

We are grateful for any gift you feel able to make to support our work. A gift of just 1% of your estate could have a real impact on local patients' lives, and would leave the remaining 99% to look after your family and friends.

What key information will my solicitor need? 

Sheffield Hospitals Charity is a registered charity (number 1169762) and is therefore exempt from Income Tax and Inheritance Tax. This means that the charity pays no tax on gifts of money or property made in your lifetime or after your death, and a legacy to Sheffield Hospitals Charity normally reduces the tax payable on your estate. 

Sheffield Hospitals Charity’s formal address is: Sheffield Hospitals Charity, Wycliffe House, Northern General Hospital, Herries Road, Sheffield, S5 7AT

    Should I tell you that I’ve included Sheffield Hospitals Charity in my Will? 

    While there is no obligation for you to tell us that you have included Sheffield Hospitals Charity in your Will, we would very much appreciate it if you would let us know. This will allow us to say ‘thank you’ for your incredible support, keep you informed about how donations to the charity are helping local patients, and ensure that we fully understand your wishes. 

    You can let us know that you are planning to include Sheffield Hospitals Charity in your Will by completing our quick and easy legacy enquiry form – or by contacting the charity on 0114 226 7351, or emailing [email protected]. Anything that you tell us about your intentions will be treated in the strictest confidence.  

    How will leaving a gift affect Inheritance Tax? 

    As a UK registered charity, any gift that you choose to leave to us will be free of Inheritance Tax. This means that the value of the gift will be deducted from the overall value of your estate before Inheritance Tax is calculated.  

    If you leave 10% or more of your overall estate to UK registered charities, you could reduce the level of Inheritance Tax payable on your net estate from 40% to 36%. For more information about how you could reduce the level of Inheritance Tax payable on your estate, visit the Money Advice Service website, or speak to your solicitor.

    I already have a Will – how can I change it? 

    If you’d like to add a gift to Sheffield Hospitals Charity to an existing Will, you can do so using a Codicil Form which can be downloaded here. The codicil form must be signed in the presence of two witnesses (your executors, beneficiaries of your Will, and their spouses cannot act as witnesses) and should be kept with your existing Will.

    We advise you to seek advice from a solicitor before making any changes to your Will. This will ensure that your Will wording is correct, and the wishes that you express in your Will are followed. 

    How else could I support Sheffield Hospitals Charity? 

    Many supporters also choose to support Sheffield Hospitals Charity during their lifetime. This allows them to see the incredible impact that donors, fundraisers and volunteers have on local patients. 

    You can make a regular or one-off gift of any size, take part in one of our fundraising events, or even organise your own fundraising activity. Or, you could volunteer your time to raise money for Sheffield Hospitals Charity, or help out in our busy charity office. 

    Who can I contact to discuss my Will?

    To discuss leaving a gift in your Will to Sheffield Hospitals Charity, please contact us on 0114 226 7351, or email [email protected]. Please note that we are unable to provide you with legal advice, and always recommend that you speak to a solicitor before making or changing a Will.

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