Leaving a special charitable gift in your will is a wonderful way to make your support for HEAL live on. It's easy to leave such a legacy, helping us to carry on changing the lives of orphaned and destitute children for generations to come.
Regardless of the size, legacy gifts are vital in helping small charities like HEAL be able to continue their work on a long-term basis.
Writing a will is one of the most important things you will ever do. So please, after you have taken care of your loved ones, we ask you to seriously consider including HEAL as a beneficiary.
At HEAL, we are constantly surprised and delighted at the lengths our supporters will go to in order to raise money for our cause – everything from climbing the highest mountains and running marathons to sponsored sky dives and bike rides like our very own Cycle India.
Each and every one of them is a hero in our eyes, as are our ever-growing band of child sponsors. But it is less well-known, perhaps, that you can continue being a HEAL hero well beyond your lifetime … by leaving a special gift in your will, so that your support for our charity can live on.
Why leave a legacy to HEAL?
Our team of dedicated volunteers believe that every child has a right to survive, grow, participate and fulfil their potential – and your legacy will support our ongoing work to achieve this.
So many little ones are robbed of their childhood in India, trapped in a cycle of poverty which means that countless thousands are denied any form of education and too often introduced to the world of work at a very young age. Others are abandoned by parents – already struggling to survive on meagre wages – who cannot cope with another mouth to feed.
We believe that education is the only way to bring about lasting change, allowing children from impoverished family backgrounds to escape the cruel poverty trap and stand on their own two feet.
How do I leave a legacy gift?
Surprisingly, although many people like to think that they would leave a gift in their will, only around seven per cent actually get around to it.
If you have no will, and, again, a surprising number of people do not, you are strongly advised to seek professional advice from a solicitor or accountant. This can ensure that your wishes are carried out correctly and are legally binding in the event of your death.
If you have already made a will, but you have since decided that you would like to leave a legacy to HEAL, then your solicitor can add a new instruction to your executors. This is simple and straightforward and can be done without re-writing your current will. This addition is called a codicil.
There are different types of legacy gift and you can decide how you want HEAL to benefit. This may be for our general work in helping underprivileged children, or for a specific purpose.
Legacy gifts tend to be of a higher value than one-off donations and can also help our charity with long-term planning, especially if we have been notified of intent beforehand.
If you have any questions about leaving a legacy to HEAL please contact us directly – Sally Young, our legacy specialist, will be happy to discuss this with you.
READ MORE: Will power so vital to future of HEAL children, says legacy adviser Sally Young
Put simply, leaving a charitable gift in your will is a wonderful way to make your support for HEAL live on, helping us to carry on changing the lives of orphaned and destitute children for generations to come