Leave a Lasting Gift in your Will

The importance of making a Will

No one likes to think about making a Will and people have all sorts of reasons to avoid making one. They don’t have time, they don’t believe that it will be necessary and, of course, none of us like to think about dying. Yet making a Will is the only way of ensuring that your estate passes to those you would like to benefit. When no Will exists, it can cause stress and upset to those you love at a time when they are least able to cope with it. 

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Why Trevor's leaving a gift in his Will for the hospice


We all die. The goal isn't to live forever, the goal is to create something that will

Those who you wish to benefit from your estate may receive nothing. Even if they do receive part of your estate under the intestacy rules (the rules which govern an estate if no Will has been made) they may not be aware whether you had intended them to benefit. When making, or changing your Will, it is important to consider carefully those who you wish to benefit from it.

Making or updating your Will does not need to be hard work or expensive, and many feel a huge sense of relief once their Will has been completed. 

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Our Hospice

Cynthia Spencer Hospice provides specialist palliative care for people diagnosed with life-limiting and terminal illnesses and their families at the Hospice in Northampton and across Northamptonshire through our Clinical Nurse Specialist and Hospice at Home Community Care Teams. The Hospice is also home to a county-wide Lymphoedema service and a day-care Palliative Information Programme and Palliative Care Carers’ Support Service. Care at the Hospice focuses on helping patients to enjoy the best quality of life possible - controlling their pain and other symptoms; offering emotional and practical support; providing suitable treatments and therapies and, when the time comes providing the best care to ensure a comfortable and dignified death.

All our Hospice services are offered free of charge, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and although part-funded by the NHS we rely on voluntary donations from our local community, including gifts in Wills to raise one third of every £1 we spend on care.

A Native American proverb says that ‘We will be known forever by the tracks we leave’ and we’d all like to feel that we’ve made a difference when we look back on our lives and that the things we’ve achieved along the way won’t be forgotten when we are no longer around.

We also want the people closest to our hearts and the charities we have supported to know how much they have meant to us; one way for us to show this is by the gifts we leave them in our Will.

I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples

Mother Teresa

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At Cynthia Spencer Hospice donations left in Wills are vital to ensuring we can continue to care for those affected with Cancer and other life-limiting illnesses. We owe a huge debt of gratitude to people who have remembered the Hospice in their Will. Currently the care of one in five of our patients is funded by gifts in Wills.

Care is at the heart of everything the Hospice does. After you have taken care of your family please consider leaving a lasting gift in your Will to the Hospice. Every gift makes a difference – just 1% of your estate would have a significant impact on the care of future patients, so please consider supporting us in this way. When our Charity is fortunate enough to receive a legacy gift, our Trustees make sure it is used to help make a real difference to the care the Hospice provides. Our Charity uses legacy gifts to fund improvements to our service that would not normally be possible without such wonderful gifts.

What will you leave behind?

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Leaving a gift in my will is a way of giving something back, to say thank you for the way the hospice cared for Dad

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Questions you may ask

Why is it important to make a Will?

Making a Will enables you to choose who will get your assets instead of leaving the choice up to the Government. You may think you have nothing of value, however all of us have items of sentimental value and careful planning in the preparation of your Will ensures your loved ones are provided for and may avoid worries for them at a time of bereavement.


Should I use a Solicitor? 

Your Will is an important legal document. Will writing solicitors are experienced not only in drawing up Wills, but advising on important related matters of law, such as succession, taxation, property matters and family problems.

When is inheritance tax payable? 

Please see www.gov.uk for the most recent rates and bands.

How do I value my estate to see if Inheritance Tax is due? 

To find out if Inheritance Tax is due on an estate, you must first value the estate. This means adding up the value of all the assets in the estate and deducting any liabilities, including household bills. Please note an estate also includes your share of any jointly owned assets. If you choose to leave a gift to the Hospice in your Will, as a charitable legacy it will be deducted before the amount of inheritance tax is calculated.  

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Are you looking to write or update your Will?

Events like the current pandemic have made many of us stop and think and want to put our affairs in order. You can create your Will, for free, online through our partnership with Make a Will Online.

Help us improve the future for the people and families we support with a gift in your Will. You can leave a gift in your Will whenever it feels right to do so: either with a solicitor or online.

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You may prefer to see a solicitor in order to arrange your Will

If you already have a solicitor please speak to them and ask them to update your Will to include a gift to the Hospice.  If you have a large or complicated estate or if you have complex needs – e.g. trust income, property overseas, or dependent relatives – you should also speak to a specialist solicitor. If you have concerns around your mental capacity you should discuss with a solicitor face-to-face. If your estate will be subject to inheritance tax you should also speak to a solicitor.

You can find a solicitor using our Make a Will Month in May (they will ask you to make a donation to the Hospice), or you can visit the Solicitors Regulation Authority 

Our full charity details are: “Cynthia Spencer Hospice Charity” charity number 1174402 and our registered office is at Cynthia Spencer Hospice, Pondwood House, Pondwood Close, Moulton Park Industrial Estate, Northampton, NN3 6RT.

About our free online Wills

We pay for the online Wills made through the link above. You will have the option to leave an additional cash donation (as well as any gifts in your Will) to cover the up-front cost to us. Anything you can afford will be gratefully received. Make a Will Online tell us about gifts pledged using our free Wills programme. If you don’t want us to know about the existence of a gift in your Will you can click here to make an online will.

However you choose to give, we are truly grateful.

How can I leave a Gift in my Will?

There are a number of different ways you can include the Hospice in your Will, depending on your circumstances. It doesn’t have to be a large amount, because every penny makes a difference.

Your solicitor or other professional adviser will help you with the wording of your gift, but here are some samples of wording you might consider:


Legacy Promises

Our promises to you:

  • We won’t put you under pressure – this is one of the most important decisions you will ever make and we want you to decide in your own time.
  • We absolutely understand and respect that your loved ones come first in your will.
  • We will respect your privacy – you don’t have tell us your decision.
  • We promise to use your gift wisely and cost-effectively so that it has the greatest impact on our care.
  • If you wish your gift to be spent on a service that is special to you, we will ensure that it is.
  • We value all gifts that are left to us. No matter what size or type, your gift will have a significant impact on the care of future patients.
  • We will offer you the chance to come and visit the Hospice and see our care up-close for yourself. Just let us know that you would like to visit.
  • You have the right to change your mind about a gift in your will to us at any time in the future. We understand that your circumstances may change.

Caring now and in the future 

By leaving a gift to Cynthia Spencer Hospice in your Will, you will help us to carry on our vital work for years to come. Since our humble beginnings in 1976 the number of people we have cared for has increased significantly and that figure is going to continue to grow, particularly in the community. Your gift will help to support the future of hospice care in your local community and help to provide a vital source of income that will make a real difference to the lives of our patients.

If you have any questions please contact John Helm, Fundraising Manager, on 01604 973342 or email john@cynthiaspencer.co.uk

Not sure where to start with your Will?

Every year in May, a number of solicitors across Northamptonshire generously offer Will writing appointments as part of our Make a Will Month scheme. The solicitors waive their normal fee and instead ask for a suggested donation - every penny of which goes to Cynthia Spencer Hospice. To register your interest please call John on 01604 973342 or email john@cynthiaspencer.co.uk

You may also find this guide a handy read too. If you'd like a copy, please contact John on the above telephone number or email. You can also pick one up at the Hospice or at our Donation Station.

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thank you


We can't express in words enough what a difference these legacies make and our thanks go out to the families and executors of those who have bequeathed us these generous gifts.

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