One of the most impactful gifts you could ever make is to leave a gift in your Will.
There are 5.4 million people in the UK who are over 75, and 2.2 million of them live alone. Some of those people are incredibly socially isolated and experience constant loneliness.
By leaving a gift to Re-engage, you will be bringing companionship back into their lives and improving the quality of their life immeasurably.
All gifts, big and small make a real difference to older people’s lives. People like Ina.
When Ina’s husband died in 2002, she found herself alone. Her sisters died soon after her husband, and as she moved into her 90s, many of Ina’s friends also passed away. Increasingly isolated, Ina started feeling trapped in her home. “I love my home very much, but it does become like a prison.”
One day a leaflet explaining Re-engage's work dropped through Ina’s door. “It’s been the most wonderful thing that has ever happened to me. When you’re left alone as I am and many others are, it can be so damaging, but the people who’ve hosted me have been truly out of this world.”
Your support matters. Your support can help make a lasting change to chronically lonely people like Ina.
Any money left to charity in a will is free from Inheritance Tax, however, this is a complex area and we recommend that you seek professional advice if in doubt. Please see www.gov.uk/inheritance-tax for more information.
There are many ways to leave a gift in a will. Your solicitor will be able to help you, but here is a snapshot of the most common routes:
A gift of money in your will – a pecuniary gift.
This is where you choose to leave us a specific amount of money.
A specific gift in your will - a specific gift.
You can choose to leave us a specific item, such as jewellery or property.
A share of your estate – a residuary gift.
Once you have taken care of your loved ones, you can leave a share of, or the remainder of your estate to Re-engage’s work.
A gift when a trust ends - a reversionary gift.
This is where you set up a trust in your will so that someone can enjoy the benefit of some money or property during their lifetime. Afterwards, the remaining money or property would come to Re-engage’s work.
There are a number of different ways to leave a gift in your Will. The most common of these are outlined in the section above. If you are unsure of which is the best route for you we suggest you consult a solicitor.
If you don’t have a Will we recommend that you visit the Law Society website for a list of legal professionals. You will be able to find a solicitor locally to help you prepare your Will. Remember, if you die without making a Will, you will be classed as dying ‘intestate’ and your estate may not be distributed as you had wished.
When visiting your solicitor you will need to take the following details with you:
Our name: Re-engage
Registered address: 2 Grosvenor Gardens, London SW1W 0DH
Registered charity number: 1146149 (England and Wales) and SC039377 (Scotland)
By letting us know your intentions it will help us to plan more effectively. It also gives us a chance to thank you. Any information you provide is confidential and in no way legally binding.
You are free to amend your Will at any time. We understand that circumstances change. All we ask is that you notify us if you do change your mind as it helps us to plan for the older people we serve.
To find out more please contact Kitty Blackwell at firstname.lastname@example.org,uk or call the office on 020 7240 0630