Remembering us in your will leaves a lasting legacy to support the nation’s fire services heroes. Here’s everything you need to know about writing a will so the Charity can continue to be there for future generations.
The most important gift you will make
Leaving a gift in your will is one of the most valuable and lasting ways you can support us. It costs nothing during your lifetime, but will have a powerful impact for years to come. Making a will ensures that your wishes are met, so your loved ones and the causes you care about are looked after in the future. It is never too early to make a will and it is easy to update your wishes should your circumstances change.
What it means to us
The Fire Fighters Charity as you are experiencing it today is the result of almost eight decades of generosity. From our roots in World War Two, when a single donation of £24 was made to support families of London firefighters killed during the Blitz, to the tireless efforts of the fire service community today, our doors are only kept open by this generosity.
It costs around £9 million each year to do what we do and the vast majority of this comes from people like you who donate to us. For an organisation like ours, which receives no regular government funding, our supporters are our lifeblood. In short, we are only here today because someone just like you wanted to support us. You may not be in a position to be able to help us now, but by making the incredible decision to remember us in your will, you’ll be leaving a legacy that will last a lifetime for future beneficiaries.
Why your will is so important
By leaving a will that clearly states who should get your property, money or belongings when you die, you can prevent unnecessary distress for your friends and family during what is already an upsetting time.
If someone dies without leaving a will, they are said to have died intestate. If this happens, the law decides who gets what and how much. If you do not have a wife, husband, civil partner or children, your estate will go to a more distant relative. If you have no relatives and you don’t have a will, the state will get everything, which may not be the way you wish to leave your possessions.
There are all sorts of reasons people choose to remember us in their will. For Jo Stovell, it was to say thank you for giving her back her dad. Jo made the incredible decision to leave half her estate to The Fire Fighters Charity as a way of saying thank you for the support shown to her retired firefighter dad, Bob. A year into his retirement from his role with Derbyshire Fire and Rescue, Bob was involved in a catastrophic motorcycle accident that sadly killed Jo’s mum and left Bob fighting for his life. Told by doctors he would never walk again, through sheer grit and determination, Bob proved them wrong, helped by his time with the Charity.
If you are considering updating your will you can do so without drawing up a new one by completing a codicil form that can then be sent to your solicitor. However, if you do wish to draft a new will or make substantial changes to your existing will, we strongly recommend that you consult a solicitor.
We appreciate life can change at any time, so it’s vital you update your will to reflect change in family or personal circumstance. It’s easy to forget about your will once it has been made, but it’s important to review it fairly regularly to ensure it reflects your wishes. You should also check to see if your estate is being affected by Inheritance Tax because legislation changes over time.
Many people prefer to leave a charitable donation rather than accept flowers at a funeral. Should you wish to do this, we can provide donation envelopes and information on claiming GiftAid, allowing donations to go even further. To order donation envelopes, contact our Customer Care team on 01256 366 566 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
We make every effort to ensure that the information we provide is accurate and up to date, but it should not be relied upon as a substitute for specialist professional advice tailored to your situation. So far as permitted by law, The Fire Fighters Charity does not accept liability in relation to the use of any information contained in our guide, or third-party information or websites included or referred to in it.
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