There are a number of different ways you can remember the Red Cross in your will, depending on your circumstances. It doesn’t have to be a large amount, because every penny makes a difference.
You can leave a share of your assets
A good way to help is to leave a percentage of what is left of your estate or assets, after other gifts (and debts) have been paid. This is known as a 'residuary bequest'. If you have already made a will, but want to add a residuary gift to the British Red Cross, your solicitor can advise you on how you can do this without affecting the specific gifts you leave your family and friends. Also, inflation will not erode the value of residuary gifts over the years.
You can leave a fixed sum of money
You may wish to leave us a stated sum of money. This kind of gift is known as a pecuniary bequest. Alternatively, if you are concerned that inflation may erode your gift over the years, then it is also possible to leave an index linked pecuniary gift in your will.
You can 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 our work. It could be property or an item of value such as an antique or a piece of jewellery. Many people ask us to arrange the clearance of their house after they have passed away.
Your solicitor or other professional adviser will help you with the wording of your gift, but here are some examples of wording (pdf) you might consider.