Leave a Gift in Your Will

Your pledge today is your promise for the future.

Here at Sparks Charity we are enormously grateful to you for considering leaving Sparks Charity a gift in your Will. By leaving a gift to Sparks you’ll help fund pioneering research into treatments for children suffering from rare diseases. Currently, one in three children with a rare condition won't live to celebrate their fifth birthday.

Child health research in the UK is significantly underfunded – just 5% of charity funded research-spend actually goes toward medical research for children. Sparks doesn’t receive government funding of any sort and so we are completely dependent on donations and the fundraising efforts of our generous supporters.

Why leave a gift after you’ve gone?
In a word: Continuity. The life-saving and life-changing research funded by Sparks Charity often takes place over many years. Gifts in Wills have the potential to provide a life-line of support that Sparks Charity can rely on, building on the research being carried out now.

Making your mark
We know that considering leaving a gift in your Will to a charity you care about is a significant step requiring much time and thought. When thinking about life plans, making your Will is an opportunity to set-down what’s important to you. For most people, family and friends come first with many of us also choosing to remember causes we feel passionate about – be that your golf club, local history group or a charity.

How to leave a gift in your Will to Sparks Charity
Leaving a legacy to a charity can be surprisingly straightforward. Decide upon what type of gift you would like to leave (see options below) and identify the charity. You’ll want to ensure the wording describing your gift includes the correct legal name, registered charity number and address -for Sparks Charity:

Sparks Charity of 40 Bernard Street, London WC1N 1LE (Registered Charity No. 1003825).

Most people will pass this information on to their solicitor or a professional will-writer.

Your questions answered
Here are answers to a number of frequently asked questions about leaving a legacy gift along with links to some additional information including a glossary (see here) of the sometimes weird and wonderful words you may come across.

Find out more about what we fund with the generous support of legacies and donations.

What types of gift can I leave?
The most common types of gifts left in Wills are:

A residuary gift. The residue (or a proportion of the residue) of an estate after all other gifts, debts and expenses have been paid.

A pecuniary gift. A fixed sum of money (sometimes index-linked to ensure your gift keeps pace with inflation).

A reversionary gift. A two-stage gift where assets are first held in a trust to provide some benefit to an individual. This could be a property for them to live in or income generated by investments. Once that individual’s need for the property (or trust) ends, the assets then pass to a second beneficiary, such as a charity.

A specific gift. An identifiable asset such as a property, an investment or a piece of jewellery.

Can I make changes at a later date?
You can easily update your Will using a document called a codicil. This makes a simple amendment to your current Will. It’s completed in the same way as your Will and should be stored with it. We’ve provided legal wording for a Will or Codicil below, but you may want to check with your solicitor or professional Will writer to ensure your wishes will be met.

What if I need to make a significant change to my Will?
If you would like to make significant changes to your Will, we recommend that you consult your solicitor or professional Will writer and consider having it redrafted.

Wording for your Will
When leaving a gift to Sparks Charity, you may wish to provide your solicitor with the wording below to draft or amend your Will.

Wording if you’re leaving Sparks Charity a percentage of your estate (also referred to as a residuary gift):
I give ……. per cent (…….%) of the residue of my real and personal estate to Sparks Charity of 40 Bernard Street, London WC1N 1LE (registered charity no. 1003825) and the receipt of a duly authorised officer for the time being of Sparks Charity shall be sufficient discharge for my Executors.

Wording if you’re leaving Sparks Charity a fixed sum of money (also referred to as a pecuniary gift):
I give ……. pounds (£…….) to Sparks Charity of 40 Bernard Street, London WC1N 1LE (registered charity no. 1003825) and the receipt of a duly authorised officer for the time being of Sparks Charity shall be sufficient discharge for my Executors.
Wording if you’re leaving Sparks Charity a particular asset (also referred to as a specific gift):

Wording if you’re leaving Sparks Charity a particular asset (also referred to as a specific gift):
I give my ……. (include a description of the asset here) to Sparks Charity of 40 Bernard Street, London WC1N 1LE (registered charity no. 1003825) and the receipt of a duly authorised officer for the time being of Sparks Charity shall be sufficient discharge for my Executors.

Useful links:
How to write a Will
Legal terms explained
Find a local solicitor using the Law Society database
What is Inheritance Tax and how does it work with gifts in Wills?
The Law Society
Charity Commission
HM Revenue & Customs
HM Courts and Tribunals Service

Contact us
Please do let us know if you have any questions or would like to advise us that you have included Sparks Charity in your Will.
Please contact our Legacy Team on 020 7091 7750 or email legacy@sparks.org.uk

You can write to us at: Sparks Charity, 40 Bernard Street, London WC1N 1LE

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I’m administering an estate and have some questions
If you are an Executor or Personal Representative looking after the final affairs of someone who has passed-away please contact one of our Legacy Team for guidance on paying-in gifts and the information charities are required to hold.

The final say
For the final word on why supporting Sparks Charity in your Will is so important please Meet our Families