Vision Aid Overseas
Registered Charity Number: 1081695
Crawley, West Sussex
Leave a Legacy in Your Will
Legacies are a vital way for supporters to help the work of Vision Aid Overseas.
By leaving a legacy to us, you will ensure that we are able to give more people the vision to fight poverty. 670 million people, 10% of the world's population need glasses to live an ordinary life. A vast proportion of these are disabled by their poor vision and risk a lifetime of poverty. A gift in your will, of any size, will ensure that we can continue to transform lives. Your legacy could mean a lifetime of sight for our patients. Find out more about the work of Vision Aid Overseas.
Whatever your age or circumstances the importance of having a will should not be underestimated. It will ensure that your loved ones are provided for after you die and it gives you an opportunity to make a real difference to a cause you feel passionate about and that you may have supported during your lifetime. If you do not make a will then your estate will be distributed by the government according to standard rules that could overlook those you care about. A legacy will be the most important gift you ever make and making a will is an essential action to ensure that your wishes are fulfilled.
Types of legacy gift
The most common types of legacy gifts are ‘residual bequests’ and ‘pecuniary bequests’. Each of these will provide a different benefit to your chosen beneficiary:
A residual bequest is a gift of all, or a percentage of your estate after all other commitments such as gifts to your family have been made. This type of legacy is the most valuable to Vision Aid Overseas because it will mean that your gift is protected from inflation.
A pecuniary legacy is a gift of a fixed sum of money in your will. The value of pecuniary legacies decrease in value over time due to the increased cost of living.
To make things simple, we are providing an example of the wording your solicitor may want to use for a residual or a pecuniary legacy. Please note that Vision Aid Overseas recommends you get in touch with a practising solicitor to draft or update the contents of your will.
For a residual bequest (a proportion):
“I give (percent) of the residue of my estate to Vision Aid Overseas (Registered charity in England no: 1081695) of 12 The Bell Centre, Newton Road, Crawley, West Sussex, RH10 9FZ for its general charitable purposes. I direct that the receipt of the Treasurer or other duly authorised officer of Vision Aid Overseas shall be sufficient discharge to my executors.”
For a pecuniary legacy (a set sum):
“I give the sum of ……… pounds free of tax to Vision Aid Overseas (Registered charity in England no: 1081695) of 12 The Bell Centre, Newton Road, Crawley, West Sussex, RH10 9FZ. I direct that the receipt of the Treasurer or other duly authorised officer of Vision Aid Overseas shall be sufficient discharge to my executors.”
Make a Pledge
Gifts left in wills are really important to Vision Aid Overseas. However even if you haven't made a will, making a pledge to do so in the future would really help us to find out about your future intentions.
Pledges are not legally binding so by filling out this form you are not committing yourself! You are simply allowing Vision Aid Overseas to confidently estimate future support for their cause.
Leave a Legacy
If you have already made a will but you want to leave a legacy to a charity you can make an addition or change it without re-writing your current will. This addition is called a codicil.
To leave a legacy to Vision Aid Overseas please download the codicil form below and take it along to your solicitor.
Please note however that this form is not legally binding on its own and has to be part of your main will. We advise you to seek the advice of a solicitor.
If you have any questions about leaving a legacy to us, please contact Vision Aid Overseas directly – they will be happy to discuss this with you.