Leaving a life-saving gift in your Will
It is a shocking truth that more people die in Ireland today from heart and stroke related illnesses than from any other cause of death. But the good news is that up to 80% of cardiovascular disease is preventable.
The Irish Heart Foundation is your national charity working to help everyone live longer, healthier lives free from heart disease and stroke. The generosity of our supporters enables us to do this through a comprehensive programme of prevention and care right across the country from our National Heart & Stroke Helpline to vital work in schools and workplaces saving lives through health promotion, education and CPR training.
Thanks to kind people like you, we’ve played a vital role in the many exciting breakthroughs in heart research in the last 50 years – advances that have already saved and improved the lives of countless people. Even a small gift can put you at the heart of another exciting research breakthrough, a breakthrough that can benefit generations of people and families to come.
Leaving a gift in your will means that you can make a substantial contribution that costs nothing in your lifetime but will mean everything to someone else someday, and will make you feel good now knowing that you’ll be changing –and genuinely saving – many people’s lives.
If or when the time is right for you to include a gift in your will please remember us. A gift, no matter how small, will make a big difference.
For further information or to speak, in total confidence, without obligation about the possibilities of leaving a legacy to the Irish Heart Foundation please contact Alice on 01 6346909 or by email.
How to Leave A Gift in Your Will
Before you do anything, we suggest that you talk to your family first about your plans. You should also consult your solicitor for advice and to discuss your options.
The language used in wills can sometimes be a bit off-putting, but behind the legal language it is actually quite simple.
There are two main types of gift you can leave:
1. You can leave some, or all, of what’s left over after you make provision for your loved ones.
2. You can leave a specific amount of money, or item of value.
Below is an explanation of each type of gift and an example of the wording you can use in your will.
Residuary Gift (what resides of your estate)
If you decide to leave a gift of all or what’s left of your estate, this is called a RESIDUARY GIFT. To leave a RESIDUARY GIFT in your will, you can use the following wording:
“I give to the Irish Heart Foundation, of 17-19 Rathmines Road Lower, Dublin D06 C780, all (or a fraction) of the residue of my estate whatsoever and wheresoever, and I direct that the receipt of the Treasurer or other officer for the time being of the said Organisation shall be a full and sufficient discharge of the same.”
Pecuniary Gift (a certain amount of money)
If you decide to leave a gift of a certain amount of money, or item, this is called a PECUNIARY GIFT.
To leave a PECUNIARY GIFT in your will, you can use the following wording:
“I give the sum of € ________, or I bequeath (the item specified) to the Irish Heart Foundation, 17-19 Rathmines Road Lower, Dublin D06 C780, and I direct that the Treasurer or other proper officer for the time being of the said Organisation shall be proper and sufficient discharge of the same.”
What if you already have a will?
If you already have a will and wish to amend it to include a gift to the Irish Heart Foundation, you can use a codicil form to do so.
A codicil changes or amends a will. All you have to do is complete the form, including all the changes you are making to your will, ensure it is signed, witnessed and dated. And then send it to the person who currently holds your will (probably your solicitor or executor).
Here is a sample codicil to help you. Please do consult your solicitor before completing a codicil.
Thank you so much for considering us a part of your will. You are helping to make a huge difference. If you’ve any questions please contact Alice on 01 6346909 or by email. We will keep any communications in complete confidence