Legacy giving at RCPCH

As a charity, the College strives to create a healthier future for children and young people across the UK and the world. By choosing to leave us a legacy in your will you can have direct impact on their future wellbeing.

Gifts can be made to the College, or if you would prefer to fund a particular area of research or development, please contact us at fundraising@rcpch.ac.uk.

About making a will

Your will lets you decide what happens to your money, property and possessions after your death. If you make a will you can also make sure you don’t pay more inheritance tax than you need to.

You can write your will yourself. But we strongly recommend you seek professional advice, particularly if your will isn't straightforward. Read more about making a will.

You will need to sign your will and get it formally witnessed to make it legally valid.

If you want to update your will, you need to make an official alteration called a codicil or make a new will. A codicil is an addition or supplement that explains, modifies, or revokes a will or part of one. You must sign a codicil and get it witnessed in the same way as witnessing a will. We recommend you seek professional advice from your solicitor. See more information about updating your will.

Intestacy (without a will)

If someone dies without a will, this is called intestacy.

  1. The law dictates the distribution of your estate. Your possessions may not pass entirely to your next of kin or spouse, but may be divided among relatives you did not intend to benefit.
  2. If you die without a will and any surviving relatives, the government will take everything that you own.
  3. Intestacy may cause unnecessary worry and delay for your family in settling your estate.

Types of legacy

A legacy is a gift to someone in a will. There are several different kinds of gifts you can leave in your will. The most common are described below. However, we strongly recommend you seek professional advice before making your will.

Read RCPCH policy on accepting legacies.

Leave a share of your estate

You may wish to leave to the College all or a share of what remains of your estate after all debts, taxes and specific legacies have been paid. This is type of gift is known as a residuary legacy. It is easy to add to a will and does not affect gifts you have left to family and friends.

Leave a fixed sum of money

You may wish to leave us a stated sum of money. With this kind of gift (known as a pecuniary bequest), it is wise to remember that the value of money changes over the years, and you may need to alter your will periodically to keep up with inflation.

Leave a specific item of value

You may wish to leave us a particular item (known as a specific bequest), which can be sold to support the College’s aims. It could be property or an item of value such as an antique or a piece of jewellery.

Donations in memory

You may wish to specify that if friends/relatives make a donation in your memory that it should be to the RCPCH.

Examples of wording

Should you wish to remember the RCPCH in your will you might wish to take the following wording suggestions for a *residuary bequest and a *pecuniary bequest to your solicitor. They will ensure that your wishes are accurately followed.

Residuary bequest (a proportion)

"I give (%) of the residue of my real and personal estate which I can dispose of by will in any manner I think proper to the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (Registered Charity No. 1115234) of 5-11 Theobalds Road, London, WC1X 8SH and the receipt of the Trustees or the proper officer for the time being of RCPCH shall be a complete discharge to my Executors."

Pecuniary bequest (a set sum)

"I give the sum of [ ] pounds to the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (Registered Charity No. 1115234) of 5-11 Theobalds Road, London, WC1X 8SH and the receipt of the Trustees or other proper officer for the time being of RCPCH shall be a complete discharge to my Executors."

It is important to ensure that the following clause is inserted, whichever wording you need to use:

"If at my death any charity named as a beneficiary in this will or any Codicil hereto has changed its name or amalgamated with or transferred its assets to another body then my Executors shall give effect to any gift made to such charity as if it had been made (in the first case) to the body in its changed name or (in the second place) to the body which results from such amalgamation or to which such transfer has been made."

Please also remember to use our full name: Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health and the correct registered address, 5-11 Theobalds Road, London, WC1X 8SH and charity number, Registered Charity No. 1115234 .

Please ensure you take full professional advice when creating your will or bequest.