Do you have the Will to change lives?

If you leave a gift in your Will, we promise to develop and grow the work we do for babies, children, teenagers and adults affected by congenital heart disease in our region for generations to come.

Legacy donations are absolutely crucial to the welfare of patients and their families, and to ensure our vital cause has a future. They provide life-saving medical equipment – in and out of hospital, and fund essential projects for family support. Supporters ranging from young heart patients and parents, right through to local solicitors and our ambassador Dickie Bird OBE have their say in the video below. Do you have the Will to change lives?

 

Need help to write your Will?

Have your Will made for FREE through our Will writing services. You have the choice to write your will online. Or a specialist can visit you in person, phone you or set up a meeting by video call.

 

HOW YOUR GIFT WILL HELP

Leaving a gift in your Will contributes enormously towards making our vision and mission a reality. With the help of legacy donations, we are able to improve the lives of over 17,000 babies, children and adults who pass through the service each year.

Every year, we produce a social impact report showing in detail the difference your donations have made to the lives of patients and families. Read the latest news for what your donations have recently funded.

 

EXAMPLES OF WHAT YOU FUNDED IN 2019

 

Frequently Asked Questions and Guides

I do not currently have a Will (3-step guide)

1 – Consolidate a list of everything you own

Create a list that details everything you own, including your assets and estate. It’s important at this stage to decide who you wish to be your executor. For assistance, take a look at our Will planner found here.

2 – Decide who you would like to include in your Will

Deciding who to include in your Will is a big decision and one which requires much thought. Aside from your nearest and dearest, a donation to the Children’s Heart Surgery Fund, no matter how big or small, is an incredible gift.

3 – Get help to write your will

As a CHSF supporter you can take advantage of our FREE Will writing services. Alternatively, you can find solicitors in your area who specialise in Wills, probate law and tax law on the Law Society website.

I have an existing Will which I wish to change (3-step guide)

1 – Re-evaluate your circumstances

Have your circumstances changed since you last made your Will? Ensure you review your Will to ensure all information is up-to-date.

2 – Assess who you have included

Leaving your assets to your nearest and dearest is the norm, but have you considered Children’s Heart Surgery Fund in your Will? A donation, no matter the amount, is an incredible gift and will help thousands of children and families who are dealing with the struggles of congenital heart disease.

3 – Choose who will make your amendments

Minor amendments can often be changed with the use of a codicil, which is an addition to your Will that explains, modifies or revokes information which was previously included. For advice on how to amend your Will, please contact a solicitor.

What types of gifts can I leave?

There are three types of gift (called a “legacy”) you can leave to us:

  1. A residuary legacy is where you donate a percentage of your estate, once family members are provided for and money owed is deducted. 
  2. A pecuniary legacy is a gift of a fixed sum of money.
  3. A specific legacy is a gift of a particular item, such as antiques, jewellery or toys.
How will I know what to write?

We recommend you get a solicitor to help you draft your Will correctly, or use one of our FREE Will writing services.

What's the basic information that I need to include?

To make sure we receive your gift you’ll need to include our name, address and registered charity number.

  • Name: Children’s Heart Surgery Fund
  • Address: 3 Oxford Place, Leeds, LS1 3AX
  • Registered charity number: 1148359
Do I need to tell you if I've left a gift to Children's Heart Surgery Fund in my Will?

That is up to you. Of course we would be delighted to hear from you – it will allow us to thank you and helps us plan for the future. To let us know about a gift, please call us on 0113 831 4810 or email us. Any information you give us will be kept in strict confidence.

I am not wealthy, is it worth me donating?

You don’t need to be rich to leave a gift to charity in your Will. Leaving just a small percentage (called a residuary legacy) to us in your Will goes a long way. These gifts are inflation proof and exempt from inheritance tax. People often find they can afford to be more generous in a Will than in their lifetime. No matter the size or amount, your gift will make a huge difference to patients with congenital heart disease and their families.

Should I provide for my family first?

It is natural you would want to provide for your family – and we would encourage you to look after them first. Please consider remembering CHSF once you meet the needs of your loved ones.

Get your Will written for FREE

As a valued supporter you can have your Will made for FREE through our Will writing services. Choose from The Goodwill Partnership – the largest supplier of home-visit Wills in England, and Guardian Angel – who provide a simple online Will writing service at no cost to you.

 

CONTACT

If you would like to discuss your legacy donation with CHSF, please contact the team to arrange an informal chat.

Email:  legacy@chsf.org.uk

Phone: 0113 831 4810

Post:  Children’s Heart Surgery Fund, 3 Oxford Place, Leeds LS1 3AX

SUPPORTING HEARTS FOR LIFE

3 Oxford Place
Leeds
LS1 3AX

0113 831 4810
info@chsf.org.uk

Registered Charity Number: 1148359
Registered Company Number: 8152970