Leave a gift in your Will

By leaving a gift in your Will to CHAS, you're passing on the gift of joy to a dying child and their family.

Your gift will help families to make the most of their short time together and leaving a future filled with comfort and memories.

Gifts in Wills pay for the care given to one in every four children our fundraising supports. Quite simply, we couldn’t do what we do without the generosity of people who leave a gift to CHAS in their Will.

Just 1% of your estate would make such a huge difference to the lives of children with life-shortening conditions in Scotland, and their families.

How do I leave a gift in my Will?

Leaving a gift in your will isn’t as complicated as it sounds. We’ll take you through what you need to do below but if in doubt contact our dedicated Legacy team or your solicitor.

Value your estate and consider inheritance tax 

It is a good idea to work out how much your assets are worth, including property, investments etc.
When you make a Will there is information available at 
GOV.UK to make sure that you don’t pay any more inheritance tax than you should.  

Consider what you would like to leave in your Will

There are different types of gifts you can leave in your Will, you can leave a specific amount, an item you own or you can leave a share of your estate.
Share of estate gifts are very popular as this type of gift won’t lose its value over time.

Who will be included in your Will?

Think about who you would like to be included in your Will. You may wish to consider your close family and friends first. Once you have taken care of your loved ones you may consider leaving a gift to your chosen charity, like Children’s Hospices Across Scotland (CHAS).

Choose your executor

Your executors will be responsible for ensuring your wishes are met; you can appoint anyone as your executor. This can be a professional like a solicitor or you can choose a friend or relative. We would recommend you speak with them first so they are aware of your plans.

Contact your solicitor

Get in touch with your solicitor to ensure all your wishes are being noted. If you would like to leave a gift to Children’s Hospices Across Scotland all your solicitor will need is our charity name, address and charity number which is noted below:

Children’s Hospices Across Scotland

Canal Court
42 Craiglockhart Avenue
EH14 1LT

Charity number – SC019724 

We want to hear from you

If you're thinking of leaving a gift in your Will to CHAS and have any questions, get in touch with Hazel or Charlene who will be glad to have a chat with you.

If you've already decided to leave a gift in your Will to CHAS, thank you so, so much.

Legacy gifts are vital to make sure that every child in Scotland who has a life-shortening condition gets the support they need. I understand that your Will is very private, but I would love to say thank you in person. Should you wish to share this decision with us please do get in touch. I'd love the chance to thank you properly and tell you exactly the impact your gift will make. 

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We’re shining a spotlight on Catherine, an inspirational volunteer at CHAS who kindly decided to leave us a gift in her Will.

For over 14 years, Catherine has worked tirelessly to raise funds for CHAS, giving motivational talks, coordinating cans and helping out at bucket shakes. Catherine says: “When I was a teacher, one of my pupils at school asked if I would help raise funds for her sister, who was being supported by CHAS. When I went along to visit, it was out of this world, I couldn’t believe what a special place I’d walked into – it was so uplifting. I knew that as soon as I retired, I’d want to volunteer for CHAS.” As a long-term volunteer, she has seen first-hand how important the service is to families as they go through some of the toughest of times.

Supporting children with life-shortening conditions

For the last two years, Catherine has supported a family in Rutherglen through our home support service, offering practical and emotional support to mum, dad and three girls. Catherine has a particularly strong bond with the two younger siblings in the family. She takes them to and from nursery, reads them stories and makes their lunch. Catherine also takes one of the girls to a physiotherapy trampoline session once a week. Without Catherine’s help, the family says this would not be possible.

A valued member of the team, Catherine is always ready to come along to volunteer training and speak to new home support volunteers about her role and answer any questions they may have. She is an inspiration to us all.

Leaving a gift in her Will to CHAS

Such is Catherine’s passion for CHAS, she has now made arrangements for the charity to receive a gift in her Will. She says: “CHAS is such a worthwhile organisation. I know first-hand how important CHAS is to families. From respite in hospices, home care, support in hospitals and now volunteer home support, what they offer to families is just incredible.
Families are often struggling so it’s a privilege to know I’m helping now through volunteering and in the future through my Will.
“I will be looking after my loved ones and five charities I support and I want everyone to benefit equally. It was such an easy process to write my Will and it’s reassuring to have my wishes captured. It was done lovingly, and everyone knows my decision so it won’t come as a surprise. I just love CHAS and though I don’t know what will be left after I’m gone, I’m so glad to know they’ll get a share of what is.”

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Children’s Hospices Across Scotland (known as CHAS) is a Scottish charity, SC019724, regulated by the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR).

CHAS is a company limited by guarantee and is registered in Scotland, SC136410. VAT Registration number 214 8303 34.

Registered Office: Head Office, Canal Court, 42 Craiglockhart Avenue, Edinburgh EH14 1LT.