Donate in your Will

Leaving a gift to Ayrshire Cancer Support will help us continue our invaluable work helping cancer patients and their families throughout Ayrshire. An up-to-date will guarantees that your wishes are carried out after you die.

Why leave a gift to us in your Will?
Cancer is very much present in our lives and communities and the impact of it never goes away. Every year in the UK there are still thousands of cases of this devastating disease.

Ayrshire Cancer Support was founded in 1982 with a mission statement of providing practical help and emotional support to cancer patients and their families, Our emphasis is to improve the quality of life of those living with cancer with the aim of ensuring that assistance is readily available for all those who need it. We are the only organisation of our kind to provide services to cancer patients and carers in Ayrshire and currently we serve a client base of over 3,500 people.

In order to fund our vital work we rely almost entirely on the generosity of people like you. Without your support we wouldn’t be here and a gift in your Will no matter how large or small will make a real difference to those whose lives have been and will be touched by cancer.

A gift in your will is tax-efficient
Leaving a gift in your Will is also tax-efficient as it is exempt from Inheritance Tax. Under current rules a gift to charity will reduce tax liability or even eliminate it completely as such gifts are deducted first and tax is calculated on the remainder of the estate.

What type of gift can you give
The most common gifts you can make are any of the following:-

  • Residuary gift – this is the remainder or a percentage of your estate after all other bequests and expenses have been deducted. A residuary legacy has the added benefit of keeping pace with inflation
  • Pecuniary gift – this is a gift of a specified amount of money, for example £5,000. However, unlike a residuary bequest, inflation can reduce the value of a pecuniary gift
  • Specific gift – this is the gift of a specific item such as a property, jewellery or other valuables

How to make or update your Will
We would always recommend that you seek the advice of a professional solicitor to make your Will as this will be the easiest and surest way to ensure your wishes will be carried out. As Wills are legally binding documents a solicitor will be able to guide you through the correct legal wording for leaving a gift.

If you have already made a Will then it’s also very easy to update it using what is known as a ‘Codicil’ – again a solicitor will be able to help you with this.

What your solicitor will want to know
In order for you to leave a gift in your Will to Ayrshire Cancer Support your solicitor will want to know 2 key pieces of information:-

Firstly, the type of gift you want to leave i.e. residuary, pecuniary or specific
Secondly – our company details, which are:-
Ayrshire Cancer Support,5 Dundonald Road, Kilmarnock, KA1 1EQ
Scottish Charity Number SC016098

What next?
If you have already left a gift in your Will to us or are thinking about it, we would like to know as we would like to thank you. It also helps us to plan for the future. In the meantime if you have any further queries or if there is anything we can help you with regarding leaving a gift to Ayrshire Cancer Support please email us or call 01563 538008.

The impact of cancer on a family will last a lifetime, please help us with a gift in your Will to be there for the many people throughout Ayrshire whose lives have been devastated by this disease– thank you.

For more information on our services call 01563 538008 or Contact Us