Remember Retina UK in your Will

Including a gift to Retina UK in your Will is an incredibly special way to help our vital work continue into the future. Whatever the size, legacies have a huge impact and we are so grateful to everyone who chooses to remember us.

Even a donation of 1% of your estate, so your loved ones get 99%, will make a huge difference.

Your contribution will ensure we can be here for the ever-increasing numbers of people and families affected by inherited sight loss who need information and support. Your gift could also fund ground-breaking discoveries in the rapidly changing field of research, leading to the development of viable treatments for inherited retinal conditions.

To include a gift in your Will to Retina UK, please make sure to use our full name, registered address and charity number to ensure your gift reaches us: Retina UK, Wharf House, Stratford Road, Buckingham, MK18 1TD, Registered Charity Number 1153851.

“Joe was very interested in stem cell research, and he and his wife attended talks on the subject. It was therefore a natural progression in deciding that charities such as Retina UK should be supported both before and following his death. Joe felt that smaller charities always find themselves in direct competition with the larger, household names, and are often overlooked. Consequently, he decided to leave bequests to Retina UK and Calibre Audio, both of which had meant a great deal to him.”

John Dunn, brother of Joe

Find out more

Thank you so much for considering remembering Retina UK in your Will. Please click on the below Frequently Asked Questions to find out more about leaving a gift to Retina UK, including information about our free Wills service. If your question is not answered below or you would like to talk to a member of the team, please contact Alice Capper on alice.capper@RetinaUK.org.uk, or call 07841 481423. Alternatively, you can request a legacy information pack in the post by completing the form at the bottom of the page.

Frequently asked questions

We recommend speaking to your solicitor. They will advise whether to add a Codicil, or whether to create a new Wil.

  • Retina UK is excited to offer a free Wills service for our supporters through Make a Will Online at: makeawillonline.co.uk/RetinaUK. Retina UK will cover the cost of Wills made through the service (£29.50 for one or £39.50 for a pair), but after creating your Will you can choose to make a donation to cover the costs, if you would like to do so. All Wills are checked by a fully-qualified solicitor and are covered by £2m insurance. There is no obligation to leave Retina UK a gift when you use the service, but we would be really grateful if you do.If you follow the link above and create a Will, details of your legacy will be shared with us. If you would prefer we didn’t receive this information, you can make a Will and pay for it yourself at this link: www.makeawillonline.co.uk
  • Alternatively, you may already have a trusted solicitor you intend to approach. If not, consider seeking recommendations from friends and family.
  • You can also visit the Law Society websitefor a list of all firms in the UK, which is searchable by issue (e.g. Wills and probate) and location.
  • Or take a look at The Goodwill Partnershipfor more information about their home visit solicitor-provided wills.

There are three types of bequest you could leave to Retina UK:

  • Pecuniary – this is a specific sum of money. Bear in mind that inflation could cause the value of a pecuniary bequest to lessen over time, so you might want to consider asking your solicitor to index link the gift, preserving its value.
  • Residuary – this is a share of your remaining estate after all debts and expenses have been discharged and all pecuniary and specific bequests have been paid.
  • Specific – you may have a particular item you wish to leave to the charity, perhaps some jewellery, artwork, furniture or even something larger such as a car or house.

Currently, the threshold at which inheritance tax is payable is £325,000. The rate is 40%, but if you leave 10% or more of your estate to a charity, the rate reduces to 36%. This means that by including a charitable bequest you may be able to reduce the tax burden on your other beneficiaries. Charitable bequests are exempt from inheritance tax.

Some solicitors will meet with you face to face to obtain the information they need to write your will. Others will ask you to complete a questionnaire in advance of a meeting. In both cases, you will need to:

  • Calculate the value of your estate
  • Choose your beneficiaries – these can be anyone: your partner, children, other family members, friends and, of course, any charities you would like to support. You will need their names and addresses, as well as the registered charity number of any charitable beneficiaries.
  • Decide on the nature of the bequests you would like to leave: pecuniary (stated sums of money); residuary (a % share of your estate after all other bequests, debts and expenses have been paid); specific (particular items e.g. jewellery, furniture etc)
  • If you have children under the age of 18, think about who you would want to have guardianship of them.
  • Choose two people to act as executors of your Will. Solicitors are able to act as executors for a fee, but you can also select friends or family members whom you trust.

The solicitor will draft your Will based on the information you provide, and you will have the opportunity to check that it is accurate, before signing it in the presence of witnesses. You will then need to ensure that the Will is stored in a safe place, and that your executors know its location. Solicitors will store your Will for you for a fee, as will some banks. Alternatively, you can store it in a secure location at home.

Please note that Retina UK does not endorse any particular firm or firms. We recommend that you conduct your own research to identify the solicitor or provider who best meets your requirements.

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