Gifts in Wills

Leave a legacy of empowering blind and partially sighted people across Greater London.

Why leave a gift in your Will to the GLFB?

An isolated older person making new friends at their local lunch club. A graduate securing their first job in the City. A mum-of-two attending a concert at Wembley Stadium. These experiences are possible for blind and partially sighted people all over Greater London thanks to the kindness of people who chose to leave a gift to the GLFB in their Will. A gift in your Will- whatever size- will stand the GLFB in a strong position to support our partner charities to provide vital services that reduce social isolation, enable people to access their communities, maintain their independence and live their lives to the full.

Making your Will and keeping it up to date also ensures that your family, friends and causes that you care about are taken care of. We realise that your loved ones come first, but a gift in your Will to the GLFB would mean a lasting legacy of empowerment for blind and partially sighted people across Greater London.

All you need:

The Charity address: Greater London Fund for the Blind, Sir John Mills House, 12 Whitehorse Mews, 37 Westminster Bridge Road, London, SE1 7QD

Registered Charity number: 1074958

How do I write or amend my my Will for FREE?

McClure Solicitors are a partner of the GLFB. As part of this partnership, they will prepare your Will or review an existing Will free of charge. You don’t pay and the GLFB don’t pay to use this service. You will also have the chance to make a donation to the charity of your choice. If you would like to proceed, then simply contact McClure on 0800 852 1999 and they do the rest.

 

What kind of gift could I leave?

Many people choose to provide for their family and friends first and then leave what remains of their estate, or a portion of what remains, to the GLFB. This is known as a residuary gift. Alternatively, you can leave a set amount i.e. £1,000 which is known as a pecuniary gift.

 

How should I word my Will?

If you do decide to leave a gift to the GLFB, all you have to do is give your solicitor our registered address and charity number and they will do the rest.

Charity address: Greater London Fund for the Blind, Sir John Mills House, 12 Whitehorse Mews, 37 Westminster Bridge Road, London, SE1 7QD.
Registered Charity number: 1074958

If you prefer, you can take the following wording to your solicitor. They will make sure your Will is valid and that your wishes are followed.

A share of your estate

“My bequest to the Greater London Fund for the Blind of the residual estate (proportion of)-  a residuary or pecentage legacy “subject to the payment of my debts, funeral and testamentary expenses, I give the whole (residuary) or ___% of my estate not otherwise disposed of by this my Will to the Greater London Fund for the Blind (registered charity number 1074958) of the Greater London Fund for the Blind, Sir John Mills House, 12 Whitehorse Mews, 37 Westminster Bridge Road, London, SE1 7QD, for the general purposes of the Greater London Fund for the Blind. I declare that the receipt of their Treasurer or other proper officer shall be a full and sufficient discharge.”

A specific sum

My bequest to the greater London Fund for the Blind for a set sum- a pecuniary legacy “I give free of tax to the Greater London Fund for the Blind (registered charity number 1074958) of Sir John Mills House, 12 Whitehorse Mews, 37 Westminster Bridge Road, London, SE1 7QD, the sum of £__________ for the general purposes of the Greater London Fund for the Blind and I declare that the receipt of their Treasurer or other proper officer shall be a full and sufficient discharge.”

What about Inheritance Tax?

At this stage, if you were to leave a gift to the GLFB in your Will, it will not be included when valuing your estate for Inhertance Tax purposes. The value of your gift will be deducted from your estate before the Inhertiance Tax is applied.

However, rules surrounding Inheritance Tax can change, so do always discuss your Will and your intentions with your solicitor.

Some useful resources

  • Citizens Advice: advice on creating a Will and why it’s important
  • GOV.UK: provides an overview of creating a Will
  • McClure Solicitors: provide a free Will-writing and Will review service for charities including the GLFB

Getting in touch

Do you have any queries about leaving a gift in your Will to the GLFB?

Contact Emma in our Fundraising Team who will be happy to help you.

Phone: 020 7620 4918
Email: [email protected]
Post: Greater London Fund for the Blind, Sir John Mills House, 12 Whitehorse Mews, 37 Westminster Bridge Road, London, SE1 7QD.

We are so grateful to those generous enough to leave a gift in their Will. We would very much like to be able to thank you properly, so please do let us know if you have included the GLFB in your Will.