A GIFT IN YOUR WILL
Provides hope for people with NF.
Nerve Tumours UK is a community of babies, children, teenagers, adults, siblings, parents, partners, carers, nurses, doctors and other allied healthcare professionals. We are more than a charity; we are an expansive family unit, and leaving a gift is so much more than just providing a donation; it is a way of showing you care, while contributing to the crucial support that we provide.
A gift in your Will can help in many ways: to fund and expand our team of Specialist NF Nurses; it can help us provide and expand our collection of resources to educate GP’s and future NF Specialists; it will help us to collaborate with the UK’s leading universities endeavouring in life-changing research projects.
NF, the group name for Neurofibromatosis Type 1, NF2–related-Schwannomatosis and Schwannomatosis, is a genetic condition, that causes tumours to grow on nerve endings. There is a 50% chance of an adult with NF passing it onto their child, but 50% of all cases are de novo, meaning there is no previous family history of the condition. Therefore anyone, and everyone, has a chance of being diagnosed with NF.
We hope this guide will show you what an incredible impact your generosity can have for the NF community, and thank you, in advance, for considering this special way of giving to the Nerve Tumours UK charity (Char Reg. 1078790/SCO45051).
After taking care of family and friends, including a gift in your Will to Nerve Tumours UK is an incredible way to support the NF community. There are two main ways to leave a gift to us in your will:
A residuary gift is a share of someone’s estate. This type of gift guarantees a fair distribution among all the people you want to benefit.
A pecuniary gift is a fixed sum of money. If you would like to protect the value of your gift from diminishing over the years, you could also think about index linking the sum that you give to Nerve Tumours UK.
We always encourage you to give a gift without restricting its usage, because we don’t know where our focus will be in the future. We constantly review need by talking to both the medical profession and patients, so that we put our limited resources to best use and where they are needed the most.
When making or updating your Will, we recommend you get professional advice from a solicitor, or other professional will-making service.
However, if you wish to look into things first, further information is available on the UK Government website: https://www.gov.uk/make-will
These tips will help you to prepare in advance of the meeting:
- Think about your assets: Spend time listing the assets you own, their worth and whether you share ownership. You should also think about any debts, and estimate their value, as these will reduce your estate. Consider how and where information about your estate is kept, so you can plan how to give secure access to this.
- Appoint roles in your Will: Your Executors are the people named in your Will, who will look after your estate after your death. They can be family members and/or friends, professionals or even organisations (like a bank). Your Executors should be people you trust to look after everything and who will carry out your wishes, as specified in your Will. If choosing loved ones to be Executors, it is a good idea to discuss this with them, to make sure they are happy to be appointed.
- A specific gift: After considering family and friends, you might also want to think about how your values can live on through supporting causes you care about. If you want to support the NF community, you will need our address and charity number:
The Neurofibromatosis Association t/a Nerve Tumours UK
44 Coombe Lane, London, SW20 0LA
Registered Charity Number: 1078790 ( UK ) and SC045051 ( Scotland )
Make sure your Will is valid. When you come to sign your Will, you will need to make sure there are two independent witnesses, who can witness you signing the document, and then countersign the document.
Make sure the witnesses are not beneficiaries of your estate, as this will mean their gift becomes invalid.
Have a think about your funeral. We know it isn’t easy, but you may want to consider your wishes for your funeral. We can supply Nerve Tumours UK donation collection envelopes for your funeral, upon request.
If you change your mind
You can change your mind about leaving a gift in your Will at any time, and we will respect your decision.
Any personal information that you choose to give us will be handled securely and confidentially. We will always respect your privacy. You choose the frequency and ways we can contact you, if at all.
An Existing Will
If you already have a will, but wish to update or change it in any way, you can make additional requests, via a codicil. You can download a codicil here:
Nerve Tumours UK Promise
Leaving a gift in your Will is a special and personal decision. That is why we make these promises to you:
- We believe that your family and friends come first and promise to treat you and your family with courtesy, compassion and respect.
- We will always be happy to answer any questions, explain our work in more detail, and tell you where you can find further information about how your gift will make a difference to the 26,500 children and adults who are diagnosed with NF and live in the UK.
- We will use your gift wisely and cost-effectively, so that it has the greatest, and most positive, impact.
We are grateful for every single gift we receive, irrespective of monetary size. Together, we can build a better future for everyone affected by NF now, and for generations to come.