Most Wills are straightforward and take less than 45 minutes to set out. After you have provided for your loved ones, it is easy to include a gift to support a charity or cause you care about. If your estate is complicated, a solicitor will be able to guide you through the process. Spending a little time in preparing your Will can help the process go even more smoothly.

Making a Will for the first time

We would always recommend you use a solicitor or professional Will writer to ensure your wishes are fully understood. A solicitor will give you professional advice - including information about inheritance tax - and you can also ask them to keep a copy of the Will if you wish. You can find a solicitor by contacting the Law Society at or calling 0207 242 1222.

What type of gift can I make?

Often people choose to leave a share of what is left over after all other wishes have been carried out, which is known as a residuary gift. You can also leave a specific amount of money, which is known as a pecuniary gift.

Here is a brief overview of the different options you have:

  • A residuary gift – A share of your estate after all debts have been settled and other gifts made.
  • A pecuniary gift – A fixed sum of money.
  • A specific gift – An identifiable asset such as a property, an investment of stocks and shares or a piece of jewellery or artwork.
  • A reversionary gift – Allows you to provide for a loved one during their lifetime, for example giving them the use of a home or other asset. After their death, the assets are passed to another specified beneficiary.

Your gift will make an enormous difference to patients and families today, and for many years to come. You’ll be helping to discover better treatments, better care and, ultimately find cures.

Details for your solicitor

The details below are required in all Wills written by a solicitor / executors to ensure that any gift to Leeds Hospitals Charity reaches us:

Charity name: Leeds Hospitals Charity
Address: Ground Floor, Trust Headquarters, St James’s University Hospital, Beckett Street, Leeds LS9 7TF
Registered Charity Number: 1170369

Bequeathed, free online will service:

If you’re looking for a convenient way to write or update your Will, you can use our free online Will writing service, offered through our partnership with Bequeathed. This service is available to people in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

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A donation in your Will can fund the research that will help discover better treatments, better care and, ultimately, cures.

“I want the best cancer treatments to be available to patients like me, so I’ve left a gift in my Will; I hope there’s some good that can come from my experience.”

Like Merton’s, a gift in your Will to Leeds Hospitals Charity could fund clinical trials that make cancer surgeries safer. Your gift could upgrade crucial equipment at Leeds Cancer Centre – like Limax lasers that are vital in removing tumours, or fluorescence software that enables clinicians to identify cancerous tissue.

READ MORE: Merton's Story: Leaving a Gift in Your Will

Need any more information?

See our Frequently Asked Questions:

Leaving a gift in your Will FAQs

Gifts can be designated or restricted for a particular purpose however we recommend your gift isn’t too specific, to ensure we are able to meet your wishes. Please contact Susan Baulk on [email protected] or call 0113 539 8198 if you wish to leave a gift in your Will to a specific area or department.

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