Since Haemochromatosis UK was registered in 1991 public and medical awareness of genetic haemochromatosis (GH) has improved, support for patients is more readily available, and research has come a long way. However, there is still much work to do; the more effective we can be in bringing down the average age of diagnosis the fewer people will lose their lives to GH.

By leaving us a donation in your Will, large or small, you could change the future for the thousands of people affected or potentially affected by iron overload. With your help we can support the increasing number of people who need advice and information, and with your help we can extend our research, education and awareness programmes.

There are three different types of legacy you could leave us once you have provided for your family and friends:

  • A residuary gift is a percentage of the remainder of your estate once other gifts and expenses have been settled
  • pecuniary gift is a specified cash sum. Due to inflation the value of a pecuniary legacy erodes over time, so you may like to consider index-linking this type of gift
  • specific legacy is where a donor leaves us a non-cash gift such as property, stocks and shares or a personal item

Making a Will is very important, not just so that you can remember a charity but for the following reasons too:

  • You can ensure your family and friends are looked after financially
  • Arrangements for your funeral and other wishes will be respected
  • Leaving a gift to charity can reduce the inheritance tax your family pays
  • You can name an Executor, someone you trust, to deal with your affairs
  • Sentimental items can be distributed according to your wishes
  • Without a Will, administering your estate can become complex
  • Without a Will, in some circumstances your estate may pass to the state
  • Without a Will, bureaucracy can cause distress for family at a difficult time

If you require legal advice, it is best to speak to a solicitor or qualified Will-writer. If you (or your solicitor or Will-writer) need any further information about the charity please email the Chief Executive at [email protected] to arrange an informal discussion.

It would help us to know your intentions if you are thinking of leaving a gift in your Will. This will allow the trustees of the charity to plan ahead and allow us to say thank you properly. Leaving a legacy is a very personal and important decision; rest assured that any information you provide will be kept strictly confidential. For further details or to make a specific bequest, please email the Chief Executive at [email protected] to arrange an informal discussion.

Thank you.