Making a Will is easier than you think - Co-op Legal Services is supporting Remember a Charity

Throughout this year’s Remember a Charity week, we asked Cobalt supporters the question, Will You Improve cancer Outcomes for the Future? Last year, over a half of our fundraising income came through gifts in wills, without this vital source of income every year Cobalt would not be the charity that it is today; as we would not be in a position to continue to invest in the latest diagnostic equipment. We are so grateful to all those donors and their families for these special gifts. For our future generations, we want to continue with the vital work that the charity does, and that means being in a position to continually invest in the very latest technology and equipment. It is only by being financially able to do this, that we will be able to improve cancer outcomes for the future.

It's a common myth that you have to be wealthy to leave a gift in your Will to help a charity, but nothing could be further from the truth. After taking care of family and friends, even a small amount can make a big difference. When updating their wills through a recent Cobalt's Make a Will Month, special supporters, Lyn and Ian, decided to include a gift in their will to Cobalt.  We decided to leave a gift to Cobalt in our will because we thought "why wouldn't we?". If it goes towards saving even one person's life, it would be worth it.  We are so lucky to have such up to date scanning equipment available to us locally that we need to ensure it is there for many years to come.

For a Cobalt supporter, by making the special act of leaving a gift in your will to Cobalt, you will be helping to ensure that we have the ability to continue to be there for everyone who will need to use our services in the future. One in two of us will get cancer in our lifetime; a gift in your will could help to ensure more people recover and their families get to spend more precious time with their loved ones. If you are thinking about making or updating your Will, in addition to our annual Make a Will Month scheme, through our Remember a Charity membership Cobalt supporters can have all year round access to an affordable online Will writing service and expert advice.

Making a Will is easier than you think - Co-op Legal Services is supporting Remember a Charity

"Your kind support will really make a difference to us in supporting people with cancer, dementia and other conditions".

Helen Tomes, Supporter Relations Officer, Cobalt

You can find more information below on how to leave a gift in your will.

More often than not, the most precious things we pass on to others aren’t possessions. By leaving a gift in your Will you will help make sure that Cobalt can be there for even more people in the future. After you've provided for your loved ones, your gift to Cobalt will help to ensure that we can be here to provide support for generations to come. Every single gift is vital to Cobalt, and means that years from now people with cancer and dementia will still be able to have access to the very best diagnostic imaging service available. Just 1% of your estate can make a huge difference.

How to leave a gift in your Will

We recommend you consult with a professional solicitor who carries the appropriate experience for all the formal advice regarding the writing of your Will and leaving a legacy to charity. We can assist with this by putting you in touch with a local solicitor. If you do choose to leave a gift to us, please provide the following information: Cobalt, Linton House, Thirlestaine Road, Cheltenham, GL50 7AS. Registered charity number: 1090790

Types of gift

Every legacy gift we receive is really important to us. Here are a couple of options for the type of gift you can make:

  • A share of your estate: Giving a percentage share of your estate once all other legacies and expenses have been settled. This is the most valuable type of gift as it retains its value over time. This is called a 'residuary gift'.
  • A fixed sum of money: It can be any amount from a few pounds to thousands of pounds. This is called a 'pecuniary gift'.

Please do get in touch if you would like to find out more about leaving a gift in your Will to Cobalt.

Our promise to you when you put a gift in your Will to Cobalt

  • We’ll answer any questions honestly and quickly
  • We won’t put you under pressure – this is a big decision so please decide in your own time
  • Your loved ones come first – we respect that and won’t try to change it
  • We’ll use your special gift wisely and effectively
  • You don’t have to tell us your decision – we respect your right to privacy
  • You can come and see our service first hand – just let us know
  • If you want your gift to be spent in an area that’s special to you, we’ll arrange it.

For further information on leaving a gift in your Will please contact Helen Tomes, Supporter Relations Officer on 01242 535922.

How to make a donation in memory of a loved one

Making a gift in memory of someone special can be a valuable and positive way to celebrate their life. Your kind support will really make a difference to us in supporting people with cancer, dementia and other conditions. If you would like friends and family to make a donation in lieu of flowers, your funeral director can help you to arrange this.

Tribute funds

Setting up a tribute fund is a positive way to remember your loved ones by raising money in their name.

  • You can honour your loved one with friends and family by contributing on birthdays or anniversaries, fundraising, or making regular donations
  • By setting up a Cobalt Memory Fund, you, your family and friends can celebrate the life of your loved one while donating to charity in their name. You'll be helping Cobalt provide more support to people who need it.

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