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Leave a Gift In Will

Thank you for considering leaving a gift in your Will to Kidney Cancer UK. Your gift will have a positive impact for future generations by helping us to continue our work fighting kidney cancer and supporting patients.

How to leave us a gift in your Will

Kidney Cancer UK and Kidney Cancer Scotland receive no government funding. We rely 100% on voluntary income from donations and your generosity in leaving us a gift in your Will.

Leaving a gift in your Will is an important decision and we appreciate that you want to look after friends and family first. After you have provided for your loved ones we hope you will consider leaving a gift to Kidney Cancer UK. A gift in a Will is straight forward.

To leave us a gift in your Will all the information you need for your solicitor or person drafting your Will is our charity registration number: 1120146, it really is as simple as that!

Your adviser can agree the words and type of gift which suits your circumstances. The most usual gifts are:

  • Any sum of money which suits your circumstances
  • The other type of gift is one which is a  percentage of what your worth – formally this is called a residuary gift. It can be 1% to 100% of your “estate” – again whatever suits your own circumstances. Even 1% will help future generations.

If you already have a Will and would like to change it, you can use a codicil but it is just as easy for your solicitor to adapt an existing Will or for you to add a Letter of Wishes.

If you want to contact us please call John Chapman at our office on 01223 491994, or  contact us using the contact form below or you can write to us at the relevant office listed below.

We always recommend using a solicitor or professional Will-writer to make sure your Will is legal and valid.

Would you like help with a Will?

We are not allowed to give legal advice but after diagnosis of kidney cancer many patients, and those closest to them, would like to know how to make one.

  • Contact us and we can find a number of solicitors near you who regularly make Wills. Having sent you the list it is then your choice as to which one to use

Types of gift you can leave us in your Will

A share of your estate
After you have provided for your family and friends, you can leave a share, or the remainder, of your estate to us. This is called a‘residuary gift’.

Cash gift
This is when you leave an exact sum of money to us. It is known as a ‘pecuniary gift’.

A special gift

This is a gift of a particular asset or item.

A gift in trust
You can leave a gift for someone to use over a period of time. When the time has ended, the gift can be passed on to other recipients, such as a charity

Updating an existing Will
If you already have a Will, you can update it by adding a codicil to your Will. It is a good idea to review your Will occasionally and when circumstances change to check it still reflects your wishes.

Letter of Wishes
You can also add a A Letter of Wishes, which is a document that accompanies your Will. It is not legally binding but can guide your executors (and appointed trustees if you have them) to ensure your personal wishes are carried out. It gives you great flexibility to meet your current wishes without the need for expensive future changes to your Will.

You must take care that a Letter of Wishes does not contain anything that could conflict with the Will. The Letter can advise on anything, but most common uses include:

  • Any charities you would like to benefit (giving the Executors the final choice of fulfilling your wish, or not, depending on whether there are enough assets for other beneficiaries).
  • The style of funeral you want, whether you want burial or cremation, and any specific instructions regarding the service, where you would like to be buried or have your ashes sprinkled.
  • Whether you would like flowers or to make donations in memory of a loved one to charity of your choice such as Kidney Cancer UK.
  • Guiding your executors or trustees on how you would like any money managed, or trusts created in your Will to be run. This can be important if you have children aged under 18.
  • Suggesting guardians for your children and how you would like your children to be raised, their upbringing, education, and where they live. These details should be reviewed as the children grow up.
  • Giving more detailed information to help your executors identify specific items you are giving away in your Will.

A Letter of Wishes should be written in plain English, signed and dated, but not witnessed to avoid any claim that it has become a legal Will or codicil.

This document is suitable for people who live in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland.

The advice above is not legal advice but giving you an overview of some important issues, which might be relevant to you and other family members. Please take legal advice from a solicitor if you consider any of the above would help you and other family members. 

Please Include our full name, to make sure the money goes to the right place:

Our postal addresses are:
Kidney Cancer UK, The Old Granary, Park Farm, Great Abington, Cambridge, CB21 6AX. 

Kidney Cancer Scotland, Room 14, Omnia Business Centre, Westerhill Road, Bishopbriggs Glasgow, G64 2TQ.

Our registered details are:
Kidney Cancer UK,  Kidney Cancer Scotland and Kidney Cancer Care are trading titles of Kidney Cancer Care Ltd. Kidney Cancer Care Ltd is a registered charity in England and Wales (1120146) and Scotland (SC043642) Registered Office: The Old Granary, Park Farm, Great Abington, Cambridge, CB21 6AX. Company Number England and Wales (05937304)

    If you have already written us into your Will, we are very grateful for your support and would love it if you could let us know.

    For more information regarding leaving a gift in your Will to a charity, please visit the HMRC information page