Did you know that NHS contract funding only pays for 80% of our services? The rest comes from our amazing supporters giving donations, their time, and even gifts in Wills.
Choosing to leave a Gift to Mildmay in your Will is one of the best ways to support us as it helps us make long-term plans for the care of our patients.
Not everyone who would like to support us in their Will finds the time to do so. Two-thirds of adults in the UK don’t even have a Will!
That’s why we have partnered with Make a Will Online – to make it simple, secure and convenient for you to transform your intention into a reality*.
Using this free online will writing service, you can remember people who have made a difference in your life, by making a difference in theirs.
*When you do this, we are told when a will is made and what has been left. This is incredibly useful for our strategic planning.
Go to makeawillonline.co.uk and start making your will today
A new way to protect your legacy.
Capacity Vault has been designed and created to ensure that everyone can protect their wishes. Previously the only way to reliably make a record of your mental capacity was to see a solicitor every time you made a Will. For the elderly, poorly and those with dementia-related diagnoses, this was very expensive.
What is Testamentary Capacity?
Testamentary Capacity (also “Mental Capacity or just “Capacity") means whether you know what you are doing when you make your Will. If you do: your Will is valid. If you don’t have capacity then your will is invalid. The tests for capacity are legal.
With Capacity Vault you can make a recording that will be kept forever. The recording is stamped with a unique tamper-proof and legally verifiable code. If your Will is challenged we provide verifiable copies of the original to the court along with all the necessary oaths, declarations and paperwork the court needs to use the recording as evidence.
Capacity Vault is now available for every supporter who makes a Will with us. It will virtually eliminate the risk of a Will being challenged for lack of capacity. This massively reduces the time and cost of administering gifts in Wills, for everyone concerned.
Thanks for reading our guide to gifts in Wills.
Last year, Mildmay received over £72,000 from gifts in wills
How this helps:
£1,500 helps Mildmay to train community health workers in Kenya.
It costs approximately £49 per day to train a community health worker (CHW) in Kenya and each CHW covers up to 144 households. On average that equals 720 people reached by one person.
Legacy gifts meant we could buy a portable electric piano with weighted keys for £600 for our music therapy.
The benefits of music therapy are widely known and include: encouraging self-expression, combating depression, and improving speech and memory function. Using musical instruments helps to improve movement, special awareness and flexibility.
Legacy gifts to Day Therapy Services allowed us to fund over 50 horticultural therapy sessions for £1,100.
Getting out in the fresh air and tending and growing in a garden lifts the spirits, supports cognition, goal-setting, and helps to build strength and promote wellbeing.
And there's more...
Without voluntary donations, which includes gifts in Wills, Mildmay would have to close. We could not help anyone.
Gifts in Wills are vital to helping us secure our future and ensure that we can provide first-class services and facilities in our UK hospital.
Your gift can also contribute to our work in East Africa supporting thousands of children, young people, women and men with HIV clinical services and education.
Gifts in Wills can make up about a third of our voluntary income, helping us reach even more vulnerable people.
Be part of our thriving future through a gift in your Will.
Did you know?
Income from legacies is one of the most important sources of funding for charities, yet over two-thirds of people in the UK die without even making a Will?
Making a Will is the best way to communicate your wishes about what happens to your things, so they can make a difference to the people you care for.
It is easy to make a Will, although we would always recommend using a solicitor. Mildmay cannot recommend any particular firm of solicitors, but the Law Society can provide impartial details of local solicitors who may be able to help prepare your Will.
"Simply knowing that I’ve left a legacy gives me that feel-good factor.
You can make a difference even when you are gone.”
Why it's important for everyone to make a will
It is important for you to make a will whether or not you consider you have many possessions or much money. It is important to make a will because:
if you die without a will, there are certain rules which dictate how the money, property or possessions should be allocated. This may not be the way that you would have wished your money and possessions to be distributed
unmarried partners and partners who have not registered a civil partnership cannot inherit from each other unless there is a will, so the death of one partner may create serious financial problems for the remaining partner
if you have children, you will need to make a will so that arrangements for the children can be made if either one or both parents die
it may be possible to reduce the amount of tax payable on the inheritance if advice is taken in advance and a will is made
if your circumstances have changed, it is important that you make a will to ensure that your money and possessions are distributed according to your wishes. For example, if you have separated and your ex-partner now lives with someone else, you may want to change your will. If you are married or enter into a registered civil partnership, this will make any previous will you have made invalid.
If you are in any doubt as to whether or not you should make a will, you should consult a solicitor or a Citizens Advice local office who can give you lists of solicitors.
Consult a solicitor
If you would rather speak to a traditional solicitor or if you already have a solicitor then you should ask them to update their will to leave a gift. You should also think about this if you are very poorly, have concerns about mental capacity, if you have a large estate above the inheritance tax threshold or if you have complex wishes or needs.
You can find a solicitor at the Law Society.
Please also do take a moment to let us know you have done this – it's really helpful for our planning.
When you use the online wills link above, we learn about the existence of the will and the amount and type of gifts you have left.
Where you give your consent, we also learn your name and contact information.