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Create moments that matter with a gift in your Will

The moments we share at the end of life and memories we make stay in the hearts of our loved ones after we’ve gone. Our care extends well beyond the walls of our hospice. We support many people in the comfort of their own home and we invest in research, education and training aimed at making a real difference locally, nationally and globally to end of life care.

To find out more about how leaving a gift in your Will to St Christopher’s please download our free Gift In Wills Guide below.

Without gifts in Wills from supporters like you, the care we provide would not be possible, and by leaving St Christopher’s a gift in your Will together we can provide moments that matter at the end of life for future generations.

Gifts in Wills

Essential information to include in your Will

Here are the correct details to leave a gift in your Will to St Christopher’s Hospice:
St Christopher’s Hospice, 51-59 Lawrie Park Road, Sydenham, London SE26 6DZ
Charity number: 210667 

Frequently Asked Questions

Everything you need to know about leaving a gift in your Will

We’ve put together some frequently asked questions about writing or amending a Will and leaving a gift to people and causes you care about.

  • Pecuniary gifts are specified sums of money, often referred to as cash gifts.
  • Residual gifts are a percentage of total value of your estate, after the cash gifts and specific items have been distributed. You can leave the whole or part of your residual estate to St Christopher’s.
  • Specific gifts are things you own, such as jewellery, a stamp collection or your house.

These are people who will benefit from your Will in some way – with a cash gift, objects you own or a share of your estate. A beneficiary of your will cannot also witness your Will for you.

To be valid your will must be signed by you and witnessed by two independent people, who must not be benefitting from your Will. You don’t need to know them but they must see you sign and date your Will.

Example wording for residual gift (% share of estate)

“I give and bequeath to St Christopher’s Hospice of 51-59 Lawrie Park Road, Sydenham London SE26 6DZ, for general purposes, the residue of my estate, free of all duties, and I declare the receipt of the Treasurer or other proper officer for the time being of St Christopher’s Hospice shall constitute an absolute discharge to my Trustee.”

Example wording for pecuniary (cash) gift

“I give and bequeath to St Christopher’s Hospice of 51-59 Lawrie Park Road, Sydenham London SE26 6DZ, for general purposes, [insert amount], free of all duties, and I declare the receipt of the Treasurer or other proper officer for the time being of St Christopher’s Hospice shall constitute an absolute discharge to my Trustee.”

Do not amend your Will yourself as it will become invalid. You can write a codicil which is a document that amends (rather than replaces) a Will. The codicil must also abide by the same legal requirements as the original Will.  It must also have two witnesses who do not benefit from the Will in any way.

It is more common now to re-write the whole Will as codicils can adversely affect a Will if incorrectly written and witnessed.

Download your Free Guide to Gifts in Wills

Our Guide to Gifts in Wills tells you how we’ll use your gift and gives practical information on how to go about writing a Will.