Will writing

Will Writing

Our projects and activities are dependent upon the generosity of our supporters. Gifts left in Wills, or a ‘legacy’, are especially important. Such gifts may be big or small, but their effect on a child or adult with a sensory impairment is life-changing.

When someone is kind enough to let us know they wish to leave us a legacy, we can plan our future activities with added confidence.

Your gift to us can be the difference in ensuring a person with a sensory impairment lives a full and independent life, long into the future.

Why write a Will?

Peace of mind! Having a Will ensures that the right people will benefit from your estate when you pass away. Without a valid Will, it can take months and often years to sort out your affairs. This can mean your surviving dependants (a spouse, partner or children) will have to take on the everyday expenses such as utility bills without access to your money. You can also minimise the amount of Inheritance Tax you pay.

Where do I start?

We understand we all want to make sure our loved ones are looked after should the worst happen and when money is tight, it’s difficult to justify writing a Will. We have therefore established a relationship with Octopus Legacy (previously Guardian Angels) to provide a simple Will for free, that would usually cost £90, that can be produced online or over the phone, and give you peace of mind.

Gifts from Wills make a huge difference to our work. There is no obligation, however most people using this service choose to include leaving a gift to our charity in their plans.

Why do this today?

  • It’s quick and easy – it could take just 15 minutes!
  • It’s safe – Octopus Legacy Wills (previously Guardian Angels) are legally binding and checked by experts
  • It is free!
  • You will have peace of mind that your affairs are in order
  • This can be done face to face or over the phone if you would prefer

Call 0800 773 4014 to arrange an appointment to start your will over the phone, or click Octopus Legacy (previously Guardian Angels) to do it online.

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There are two main types of gift that you can leave in your Will to the charity:

  • A share of your estate, known as a residuary gift. You can leave a percentage share in, or all of, what’s left of the value of your estate after bills have been paid and all other legacies have been distributed.
  • A specific or item known as a pecuniary gift. You can leave a specific sum of money or a specific item, such as stocks, shares or property.

Finally, if you have already written us into your Will, we are incredibly grateful and we would love you to let us know. For more information, please contact us by phoning 01372 377701 or emailing communications@sightforsurrey.org.uk.



Elizabeth leaves us a legacy

Elizabeth Licence was supported by the charity for many years, and was also a volunteer at the office helping out where she could. Volunteering gave her a sense of purpose and allowed her to socialise instead of sitting at home on her own, which was so important.  Elizabeth left £1,000 to the charity in her Will as she so appreciated all the support she received over the years. Cheers to you Elizabeth!

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Ivy and John Lee

The help and support we provide takes place in many different shapes; from assistance in filling in benefit forms to providing household items to help people live their life independently.

Ivy and John Lee from Reigate, who had been married for 61 years, first started receiving help from us in 2009 when Ivy’s sight deteriorated.  Over ten years we helped Ivy and John and provided them with equipment to allow Ivy to remain independent in her home.

These small acts were a huge help to the couple. So when making their will, the couple decided to leave a sum of money to Sensory Services by Sight for Surrey to show their appreciation. Money like this will enable us to continue supporting people like Ivy and John for many more years to come.

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