How to leave a gift in your Will

Thanks, in part, to gifts in Wills, Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity has helped to fund research which allows the hospital to carry out complex operations to help young children like Zoe. 

Thank you for considering leaving Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity a gift in your Will. Legacy gifts are vital to the hospital and its young patients, helping us to ensure that Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) remains at the forefront of pioneering treatment and research for seriously ill children.  

What types of gift can you leave?

The most common types of gifts left in Wills are:

A residuary gift. The residue (or a proportion of the residue) of an estate after all other gifts, debts and expenses have been paid. 

A pecuniary gift. A fixed sum of money.

A reversionary gift. A two-stage gift where assets are first held in a trust to provide some benefit to an individual. This could be a property for them to live in or income generated by investments.  Once that individual’s need for the property (or trust) ends, the assets then pass to a second beneficiary, such as a charity.

A specific gift. An identifiable asset such as a property, an investment or a piece of jewellery.  

These types of legacy gifts are a great way of ensuring that both your loved ones and the charitable causes you care about will benefit from your estate. 

If you have any questions about the kind of gift you’d like to leave in your Will, please contact our Legacy team on 020 3841 3131 or speak to your solicitor.

How do I include Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity (GOSH Charity) in my Will? 

We recommend you use a solicitor or professional Will writer to have your Will drafted. The cost is relatively modest and it can help reduce the likelihood of your wishes being challenged after you pass away. You can inform your solicitor or professional Will writer that you would like to leave a gift to GOSH Charity and they will help you to include it in your wishes.

We operate a free Will service which allows you to have a simple Will drafted professionally at no cost to yourself.

Read about the free Will services available to you. These services give you the option to leave a gift to GOSH Charity and they will help you to include it in your wishes.

The full legal description that should always be used to describe the charity in a Will is: Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity of 40 Bernard Street, London WC1N 1LE (Registered Charity No. 1160024).

Making a straightforward change to your Will

You can easily update your Will using a document called a codicil. This makes a simple amendment to your current Will. It’s completed in the same way as your Will and should be stored with it. We’ve provided legal wording for your use below, but you may want to check with your solicitor or professional Will writer to ensure your wishes will be met. 

Making a significant change to your Will 

If you would like to make significant changes to your Will, we recommend that you consult your solicitor or professional Will writer and consider having it redrafted.  

Wording for your Will 

When leaving a gift to GOSH Charity, you can use the wording below to draft or amend your Will. 

Wording if you’re leaving Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity a percentage of your estate (also referred to as a residuary gift):

I give ……. per cent (…….%) of the residue of my real and personal estate to Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity of 40 Bernard Street, London WC1N 1LE (registered charity no. 1160024) and the receipt of a duly authorised officer for the time being of Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity shall be sufficient discharge for my Executors.

Wording if you’re leaving Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity a fixed sum of money (also referred to as a pecuniary gift):

I give ……. pounds (£…….) to Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity of 40 Bernard Street, London WC1N 1LE (registered charity no. 1160024) and the receipt of a duly authorised officer for the time being of Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity shall be sufficient discharge for my Executors.

Wording if you’re leaving Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity a particular asset (also referred to as a specific gift):

I give my ……. (include a description of the asset here) to Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity of 40 Bernard Street, London WC1N 1LE (registered charity no. 1160024) and the receipt of a duly authorised officer for the time being of Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity shall be sufficient discharge for my Executors.

To find out more about leaving a gift in your Will, request your free information pack today. In it, you will find useful information on making or amending a Will, as well as learning about our work and how we’ll honour your memory. 

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