Leaving us a gift in your will

As a charity, RCPCH strives to create a healthier future for children and young people across the UK and the world. If you are thinking of leaving us a gift in your will, thank you. Your gift can have direct impact on the future of child health, in a cause close to you.

Your legacy

We rely on the support we receive in the form of legacy gifts from members and non-members, who support our charitable aims. Every gift received, large or small, enables us to achieve these goals. What would you like your legacy to be?

You can leave an unrestricted gift, which will allow us to direct funds to areas of particular need or if you wish, you can request that your legacy is used to support a specific programme of work – see what your legacy could do. We will always try to ensure that any such wishes are met, if at all possible, but please be aware that if you request the legacy is directed towards particular project, which no longer requires funding, we may wish to discuss similar alternative programmes or projects.

As the RCPCH is a registered charity, most legacy gifts are exempt from UK inheritance tax and a solicitor can explain in full the benefits of this and how they could apply to you.

A recent legacy has enabled us to set up the Child Health Research Fellowships, which will fund research to advance the science of paediatrics and ultimately, improve the health and wellbeing of children. The first of these, RCPCH and Newlife Clinical Research Fellowship in childhood disability, had opened applications in autun 2019, and expects to start in in June 2020. It aims to enable the nurturing of a new child health researcher in childhood disabilities and will strengthen the scientific evidence base that will lead to improvements in the diagnosis, treatment and management of child health.

We would love to discuss our work with you; please contact fundraising@rcpch.ac.uk if you have a particular interest in any of the programmes the College currently runs.

Writing a will

You can write your will yourself, but we strongly recommend you seek professional legal advice, particularly if your will isn't straightforward. The GOV.UK website has information about making a will.

If you would like to update your will, you need to make an official alteration called a codicil, or make a new will. Again, the GOV.UK website has information about updating your will.

We cannot recommend a particular solicitor to make your will, but we suggest you contact the Law Society, who can provide details of solicitors in your area, including those who specialise in wills.

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

Types of legacies

There are several different kinds of gifts you can leave in your will. The most common are described below:

  • Leave a share of your estate - You may wish to leave to the RCPCH all or a share of what remains of your estate after all debts, taxes and specific legacies have been paid. This 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. This is known as a pecuniary bequest.
  • 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 RCPCH’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 Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health

Should you wish to remember the RCPCH in your will, please 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. 1057744.

If you would like your legacy to be used to support a particular programme or project, please contact fundraising@rcpch.ac.uk to discuss further.

Telling us of your intentions

We understand that making a legacy donation is a very personal and often private decision and you’re under no obligation to let us know of your intentions.

However, if you do decide to let us know, we can thank you for your kind intentions and, should you wish, keep you updated about the important work of the College. This is not binding in any way, and you can change your mind at any point. 

We also recommend you discuss your intentions about your will with your loved ones, as this will help ensure your final wishes are realised.

To discuss a potential bequest in your will, please contact us on fundraising@rcpch.ac.uk