Our vision is a world where everyone has a fighting chance of surviving stroke and gets the support they need, for as long as they need it, to rebuild their lives.

If you want that world too – you can promise it to future generations, with a gift in your Will.

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How to leave a gift to the Stroke Association in your Will

Including the Stroke Association in your Will is easy to do. To help, we've compiled a step-by-step guide below.

1. Choose who you'd like to include in your Will

Before you include the Stroke Association in your Will, it’s important to make sure you provide for any loved ones first.

If after doing that there’s enough left to include us too, you’ll be helping to create a world where many more people survive stroke and can rebuild their lives.

2. Choose the type of gift that’s right for you

There are three main types of gift that you can leave in your Will. Any gift you choose to leave the Stroke Association will be gratefully received.

The three main types of legacy gift are:

  • Residuary gift - a share or the whole of your estate after all other gifts, payments and debts have been made. A residuary gift will hold its value and will not be affected by inflation.
  • Pecuniary gift - this is a specific sum of money, such as £5,000.
  • Specific gift - a gift of your choice, like a house, jewellery or shares.

3. Consider inheritance tax

In some cases, leaving a gift in your Will to charity may reduce the amount of inheritance tax due on your estate. You can find out more on the HMRC website.

4. Make or amend your Will

If you are 60 and over, or a stroke survivor aged over 18, you can take advantage of our Free Will Scheme.

When including a gift to the Stroke Association in your Will, tell your solicitor what type of gift you want ot leave. They will then translate your wishes into legal language.

You'll need to make sure to include our name, address and registered charity number so that you gift reaches us.

Registered charity no: 211015

Stroke Association, 240 City Road, London, EC1V 2PR

If you've already left a gift to the Stroke Association, please let us know

If you've already included a gift to us in your Will, please accept our most sincere thanks. We'd love the chance to say thank you personally and keep you informed about our work. You can find out more about the incredible impact of gifts in Wills here.

Letting us know about your gift helps us to plan ahead with confidence. You can contact the Legacy team at legacy@stroke.org.uk or by phone on 020 7566 1505.

We understand that your Will is personal to you, and very private. That's why anything you tell us is treated with the utmost confidence.

Our promise to you

We promise that whateve you do, we'll respect your wishes. If you would like regular updates about our work, events and other ways to get involved, we promise to stay in touch. If you'd prefer that we don't contact you about your gift again, we promise not to.We promise that when the time comes, we'll use your gift to help you keep your promise to future generations. So more people can survive stroke and get the support they need to rebuild their lives.

We promise that anything you tell us will always be in strict confidence - and that we will always understand should you change your mind about your gift at any time. 

Frequently asked questions about leaving a gift in your Will

No. It’s less complicated and more affordable than many people think. Have a clear plan of your wishes and your solicitor will guide you through the process. Call your preferred solicitor for a quote – a professionally written basic Will generally costs around £200.

We would always recommend using a solicitor, as a professionally drawn-up Will is essential. Should you wish to include a gift to the Stroke Association in your Will, suggested wording can be found at the end of this section.

Any gift left in a Will, big or small, is important to the Stroke Association and we are always very grateful for this generous and kind support.

The Stroke Association needs legacy gifts to support the wide range of life-changing stroke research and support. We would use legacy gifts we receive in the area of the greatest need at the time the funds become available.

If there is a particular area of our work you are interested in, we will be happy to discuss your requirements with you before you visit your solicitor.

Remembering the Stroke Association in your Will is just another incredible way to support us. It is also unique and extra special because it’s a gift that reveals a cause close to your heart, what really matters to you and what you want to achieve.

If you already have a Will, and would like to add a gift to the Stroke Association, this can be easily done using a Codicil. A Codicil will not change the terms of your current Will, but simply be used to add a new instruction.

To make major changes, it is best to draw up a new Will. Your solicitor will be able to advise you as to which is best for your circumstances. If you or your solicitor have any further questions please contact us.

Of course – if for any reason your circumstances change, simply contact your solicitor to help you amend your will in any way you wish.

Absolutely – we work across the four nations to help stroke survivors rebuild their lives but your solicitor will be able to advise you on this.

Contact our Legacy team

Whether you’re keen to make a promise to future generations now and want to let us know you’ll be including a gift in your Will, or you simply want to talk more about the idea – call or email us, we’re here to help.

Phone: 020 7566 1505

Email: legacy@stroke.org.uk

While we can’t give you specific legal advice, we can tell you more about what a gift in your Will could achieve and answer questions to help you make the right decision for you.