Leave a Legacy

Much of our charity work is funded by legacies, not only to maintain what has been achieved, but also to finance the extension of services for those in our care.

Once you have provided for your loved ones, you may also wish to consider leaving a bequest to charity. Those that remember Royal Blind in their wills make a lasting contribution that will be remembered for many years to come.

There are four types of legacy you can leave:

Residuary Bequest

This is a gift of the residue of your estate or share of the residue, after other bequests to your family and friends have been made and all debts, taxes and expenses have been paid.

Pecuniary Bequest

This is a specified sum of money determined when the will is written. The value of pecuniary legacies will decrease over time due to inflation and increases in the cost of living.

Specific Bequest

This is where a particular item of value is bequeathed, such as stocks and shares, proceeds of a Life Assurance Policy, property, furniture, jewellery, buildings and land.

Contingent Bequest

This is a gift in your will that depends on another occurrence  happening. For example, it could mean leaving a gift in a will to charity only if other beneficiaries die before the testator (the person making the will).

How do I leave a gift in my will to Royal Blind?

  • Estimate the value of your estate and make a list of the people and causes that you would like to benefit.
  • Make an appointment with your solicitor who will ensure the exact wording of your will and that it is legally binding.
  • If you are amending a will, you will need to add a codicil. A codicil is an addition or change to a will. Every time you want to update your will you can prepare a codicil and you can have as many of these as you like.

If you do decide to leave Royal Blind a legacy, you will need to include our full name, address and charity number details in your will:

Royal Blind
50 Gillespie Crescent
Edinburgh EH10 4JB

Charity Number: SC017167

Amending an existing will

If you would like to amend an existing will to include a gift in your will to Royal Blind you can download and complete the Codicil Form and leave it in a safe place with your will.

Inheritance Tax

You can also discuss with your solicitor how you can save on inheritance tax if you leave a bequest to charity. It is important to note that once you have made your will you should update it when your circumstances change. For example, many people update their will when they are buying a property or following the birth of a child. It is also worth noting that when you get married all previous wills are no longer valid.

Don't have a solicitor?

Visit the Will Site for an online will writing service.

Requesting more information

If you would like more information on leaving a bequest to our charity, please complete the form below and we will send you a legacy information leaflet.

Letting us know what you decide

If you do decide to leave a gift in your will to Royal Blind, please let us know as this helps us with long term financial planning. Please email our Fundraising and Marketing Manager, Davina Shiell or telephone 0131 229 1456.

A Gift in Your Will to Royal Blind

If you would like further information about leaving a gift in your will to Royal Blind, or have already included us in your will, please complete the form below. 

Thank you.