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Gifts in Wills

Giving hope to the myeloma community

Giving Hope through Gifts in Wills

Gifts in Wills are significantly important to Myeloma UK. They help us plan for the future and invest in ground-breaking, life-changing projects and research which support our myeloma community, bringing hope to patients and families.

Having a Will provides comfort and knowledge that your loved ones and the causes you care about will be provided for after you’ve gone.

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Neil’s legacy

Neil O’Brien, a myeloma patient and supporter decided to leave Myeloma UK a gift in his Will. In this video, he shares his story.

It is thanks to people like Neil who leave a gift in their Will to Myeloma UK that the charity is able to provide essential support, care and information to those affected by myeloma, fund vital research and continue to make myeloma history.

Remembering Myeloma UK in your Will

No matter the size of gift you choose to leave, your kindness and generosity will enable Myeloma UK to make a difference to thousands affected by myeloma across the UK.

Below are a couple of ways you can include Myeloma UK in your Will:

  • Share in the residue of your estate
    Residue is whatever is left after all debts, funeral expenses, certain other costs and tax, and any other legacies have been deducted. This could be expressed as a share or percentage e.g. 1%
  • Pecuniary legacy
    A fixed sum of money.

If you would like to leave Myeloma UK a gift in your Will, please ensure that you include the following information:

  • The registered name of the charity: Myeloma UK
  • Registered charity no: SC026116
  • Registered charity address: 22 Logie Mill, Beaverbank Business Park, Edinburgh EH7 4HG

Writing your Will for free

To make it accessible for everyone in the myeloma community to make a Will, Myeloma UK has partnered with Accord Legal Services to offer you the chance to have a standard single or mirrored Will written or review your current Will for free.

Accord have been providing Wills and Estate planning services since 2012. Accord’s flexible appointment model supports; telephone, Skype, Zoom and also home visits allowing them to meet the needs of clients by making appointments as convenient as possible.

To get started and have your standard single or mirrored Will written or Will reviewed for free:

  1. Arrange an appointment with Accord by emailing myelomauk@accordwills.co.uk or calling 01744 807084 quoting “Myeloma UK”
  2. Accord will then arrange an appointment with you with a special Will advisor over the phone, online, at your home or at their head office – whichever is best suited to you.
  3. They will then take you through your Will, step by step.
  4. You can go back and amend your Will at any time.

By using this service, you are not obliged to leave Myeloma UK a gift in your Will.

Creating a Will – planning for the future

Did you know that only 44% of adults in the UK have a Will? This statistic is surprisingly low considering a Will is so important to ensuring that our money, possessions and assets are passed on to our loved ones in accordance with our wishes when we die.

In order to encourage people to consider making a Will we have addressed some common questions and barriers to making a Will, below. If you have any other questions please email giftsinwills@myeloma.org.uk and we will answer them directly.

What exactly is a Will?

A Will is a legal document that states in writing what you want to happen when you die. This includes details such as who will be appointed to ensure your final wishes are carried out and what you want to happen to your money, possessions and assets. You can also include details about what kind of funeral you would like, whether you wish to have your body cremated, buried or donated for organ transplant or medical research.

What happens if I don’t make a Will?

There are many variables in what a partner, spouse or family member is legally entitled to depending on how their relationship is viewed in Law. Having a Will is a safe way to ensure your partner, children, relatives and friends receive exactly what you want them to. Without a Will, someone you have not appointed will decide what happens to your effects, which can cause undue stress to surviving partners and families at a difficult time of loss.

I don’t have a solicitor and don’t know how to begin making a Will

If you don’t have a solicitor Myeloma UK has a partnership with a company called Accord Legal Services to offer everyone in the myeloma community the opportunity to have a standard single or mirror Will written for free. To make an appointment with Accord Legal Services to discuss your situation contact myelomauk@accordwills.co.uk or call 01744 807084 quoting “Myeloma UK”. Accord will then arrange an appointment with you by phone, Skype, Zoom or by home visit and take you through drafting your Will.

There are other Will-making options available online if you prefer to organise a simple Will yourself, although it is important to make sure that these will accommodate your circumstances and wishes. Visit this online site to discover which Will is best for you – https://wills.which.co.uk/wills/selector/

I can’t afford to make a Will

A standard simple Will costs on average around £100 per person. Myeloma UK has a partnership with a company called Accord Legal Services to offer everyone in the myeloma community the opportunity to have a standard single or mirror Will written for free. To make an appointment with Accord Legal Services to discuss your situation contact myelomauk@accordwills.co.uk or call 01744 807084 quoting “Myeloma UK”. Accord will then arrange an appointment with you by phone, Skype, Zoom or by home visit and take you through your Will.

There are other Will-making options available online if you prefer to organise a simple Will yourself, although it is important to make sure that these will accommodate your circumstances and wishes. Visit this online site to discover which Will is best for you – https://wills.which.co.uk/wills/selector/

I’m not wealthy enough to need a Will

It’s really important to make a Will even if you don’t think you have much to pass on. Many people underestimate the value of their home and belongings, pension and savings and may be surprised at how everything adds up. Wills are also important as they allow you to name those who you want to inherit from you. Close friends, partners (where you’re not married or in a civil partnership), carers and relations by marriage do not automatically qualify to inherit.

I keep meaning to do this but never get round to it

Making a Will can seem daunting, but if you use a recommended Will writing service it doesn’t have to be hard, and once it’s done you’ll feel really good about it. Why not set yourself a deadline to avoid keep putting it off?

What do I need to decide before I make my Will?

It’s good to consider the following when thinking through what you want to include in your Will.

  • Who would you like to appoint to carry out your wishes, referred to as an Executor? (You can appoint more than one person should you wish to.)
  • Who would you wish to leave a gift to (partners, spouses, children etc.)?
  • Do you have any specific wishes, for example; whether you wish to be buried or cremated, what sort of funeral you would like?
  • Which charities would you like to leave gifts to? You will need to include the charity’s registered named and charity number (e.g. Myeloma UK, SC026116). Details for other charities can be found on the Charity Commission website or OSCR website (Scottish registered charities only)
  • It’s also worth considering whether you want to appoint someone as your Power of Attorney – this is someone you trust to manage your financial affairs while you are alive and take decisions about your well-being if you become ill or incapacitated

How do I leave a gift to Myeloma UK in my Will?

For charities like Myeloma UK, every gift left in a Will is greatly appreciated as this enables us to continue our vital work helping myeloma patients and their families, funding services, patient advocacy and research on our path to discovering a cure for myeloma.

If you speak to a solicitor about making a Will, you can discuss with them how much you would like to leave and they will draft the correct wording for you.

There are different types of gifts you can leave:

  1. Residuary gift: this is when a share (or percentage) of your estate (possessions and assets) is left to charity after everything else has been paid out. This can be anything from 1% to 100%
  2. Pecuniary gift: this is where you choose to leave a specific amount of money

You have the option to include whether you want to support our research or general charitable purposes (which includes research). If you do not state specifically, your gift will be used where the need is greatest.

The essential charity information you must include in your Will is:

Name of Charity: Myeloma UK
Registered Charity no: SC026116

I already have a Will, but I would like to include a gift to Myeloma UK. Can I amend my existing Will?

If you are making big changes to your Will (involving more than 10% of your estate) it is better to make a new Will. This will ensure that everything is recorded clearly and legally.

If you are making a small change, you can note your wishes down in a codicil. A codicil is an additional legal document which needs to be witnessed and stored alongside your existing Will.

If you would like to make changes to your Will, it’s best to contact your solicitor or you could contact Myeloma UK’s partners: Accord Legal Services. Accord have agreed to review your existing Will and to create a new one for free if required. To make an appointment with Accord Legal Services to discuss your situation contact myelomauk@accordwills.co.uk or call 01744 807084 quoting “Myeloma UK”.

Contact us

If you have already left a gift in your Will to Myeloma UK and would like to let us know, or you would like to find out more about how you can do this please complete our web form below:

Alternatively you can email us at giftsinwills@myeloma.org.uk or call 0131 230 0429.

Supporter stories

Read stories of some of the amazing people who have left a lasting legacy by leaving a gift to Myeloma UK in their Will.