Leave a gift in your Will

Every child deserves a future

It’s very straightforward to leave a gift in your Will to SOS Children’s Villages UK. To help vulnerable children and families around the world, all you need is our information below:

Address
SOS Children’s Villages UK
Ravenscroft House, 59-61 Regent Street, Cambridge, CB2 1AB

Registered charity number
1069204

Growing up in a stable environment, where children feel loved, safe and supported, should be normal for all children, everywhere. A gift in your Will can help make this a reality. 

How to include a gift in your Will – your questions answered

What kind of gift could I leave in my Will? 

There are three types of gift you can leave in your Will:

  • A share of your estate – This is a percentage of your estate after all other gifts and expenses have been paid. These gifts are very important to us as they usually maintain their value or increase over time. Just a small percentage can transform the lives of so many vulnerable children.
  • A specific sum – This is a gift of a set amount of money.
  • A specific item – This could be something valuable such as an antique, painting, property or shares that we would sell.

If you already have a Will and wish to add a gift to SOS Children’s Villages UK, you can complete a codicil form and keep it with your Will. A codicil is read alongside your will and allows you to make changes to your Will, without having to rewrite it.

 

What about Inheritance Tax?

If you leave a gift to SOS Children’s Villages UK in your Will it will not be included when valuing your estate for Inheritance Tax purposes. The value of your gift will be deducted from your estate before Inheritance Tax is applied. However, Inheritance Tax rules can change so it’s always best to discuss your Will and the type of gift you might like to leave with your solicitor.

 

How do I include SOS Children’s Villages UK in my Will?

If you decide to leave a gift in your Will to SOS Children’s Villages UK it’s straightforward. You just need to give your solicitor our registered address and charity number:

Address: Ravenscroft House, 59-61 Regent Street, Cambridge, CB2 1AB

Registered charity number: 1069204

If you prefer, you can give the following wording to your solicitor. They will make sure your Will is valid and that your wishes are followed.

A share of your estate 

My bequest to SOS Children’s Villages UK of the residual estate (or a proportion of) – a residuary or percentage legacy “Subject to the payment of my debts, funeral and testamentary expenses, I give the whole (residuary) or ______% of my estate not otherwise disposed of by this my Will to SOS Children’s Villages UK (Registered charity number 1069204) of Ravenscroft House, 59-61 Regent Street, Cambridge, CB2 1AB, for the general purposes of SOS Children’s Villages UK and I declare that the receipt of their Treasurer or other proper officer shall be a full and sufficient discharge.”

A specific sum of money 

My bequest to SOS Children’s Villages UK for a set sum – a pecuniary legacy “I give free of tax to SOS Children’s Villages UK (Registered charity number 1069204) of Ravenscroft House, 59-61 Regent Street, Cambridge, CB2 1AB, the sum of £______ for the general purposes of SOS Children’s Villages UK and I declare that the receipt of their Treasurer or other proper officer shall be a full and sufficient discharge.”

 

What do I do once I have left a gift in my Will? 

You don’t need to do anything else. If you’d like to get in touch to let us know you have left a donation in your Will that would be fantastic! It will enable us to plan for the future and we’d like to have the chance to say thank you!

 

What if I don’t have a large gift to leave? 

Your loved ones should always come first, but any gift you leave to SOS Children’s Villages UK, no matter how big or small, will mean we are able to continue to provide some of the world’s most vulnerable children with a stable environment to grow up in, where they feel loved, safe and supported.

 

Can I support a specific village community?

It is a wonderful comfort to know where your money will go in the future. However, during the time between making your Will and when we receive your gift, our village communities may have changed and we may no longer be in that area. At that time there may be other village communities/countries in greater need. If you would like an SOS village community to benefit, please do also state in your Will that if this SOS village community does not exist at that time, that SOS Children’s Villages UK can use the gift wherever the need is greatest.

 

Can I leave a gift to the child I sponsor? 

Unfortunately, we aren’t able to gift a donation in your Will to a specific child. During the time between making your Will and when we receive your gift, the child may have left our care; whether by reaching an age of independence or being reunited with their family. At this stage we may not have their contact details and so would be unable to pass on information/monies to them. You can however leave a gift in your Will to one of our village communities, so that this will benefit all the children in the community. However, should you choose to do this please also state that if this SOS village community does not exist at that time, that SOS Children’s Villages UK can use the gift in that country/continent instead.

Should you wish to download this gifts in Wills information, please do so here. If there is anything else you’d like to know or if you’d like a copy of this information posted to you, please email us at hello@sosuk.org or call us on 01223 365589.

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