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Leave a gift in your will

For many people leaving a gift in their will is a natural way of continuing their support for a cause they have held dear during their lifetime. By leaving a gift to us, you can help to make sure that we can keep informing new and expectant parents about group B Strep, so babies don’t suffer avoidable group B Strep infections, and so we can help affected families.

Every gift is vital so that can continue to be here for families and provide them access to information on group B Strep that is reliable, evidence- based and unbiased. This is so important – because when a Mum knows about group B Strep, she can hugely reduce the risk of it infecting her baby. Together we can create a future supporting the families whose babies have been affected and work to eradicate group B Strep infection in babies.

We promise that your gift, whatever the size, will be spent wisely and will make a genuine difference to the families who need our help and support.

Our promise to you:

  • We will respect your privacy. Your will is completely personal to you
  • We also realise, that rightly, your family and loved ones will come first
  • You can tell us that you have left us a gift if you want to – but you don’t have to
  • If you do choose to tell us, we will give you the choice about how we communicate with you in the future about our work
  • At any time in the future, you have the right to change your mind about a gift in your Will
  • We will use your gift carefully and cost effectively so that it has the greatest impact

How to leave a gift?

We recommend that you speak to a qualified professional such as a solicitor when making or amending your will since. If you don’t know a solicitor ask a friend you trust to recommend one, or contact The Law Society for advice.

There are a number of online will-making services, for example at www.thewillsite.co.uk and you can use search engines to find other online will-writing services, though it is important to ensure the service is backed by the appropriate professionals. You can also make your own will, and packs to help you do this are available from stationery shops or over the internet.

If you already have a will

Your will is one of the most important documents you’ll make.  An up to date will can help ensure your wishes are respected. It could also avoid difficult decisions and legal complications for your loved ones.

If you already have a will and you want to include a gift to Group B Strep Support in it, there may not be need to rewrite it.

You can ask a qualified professional such as a solicitor to add an amendment (called a codicil). As a general rule, if the change you wish to make is quite small or simple, you can use a codicil, and if the change is more significant or complex you should make a new will.

Download our codicil form from Codicil form for Group B Strep Support (PDF, 39KB)

What sort of gift can I leave to Group B Strep Support?

You can leave a share of your estate (also known as a Residuary Legacy): Once you’ve worked out what you’re leaving to family and friends, you can donate a share, or all of what’s left. The advantage of leaving a share of your estate is that it remains the same over time, and you won’t need to change your will to keep up with inflation.

You can leave a specific sum of money or a specific item such as jewellery or a piece of art (also known as a pecuniary or specific gift).

Whatever the value of your gift, it will go a long way to help someone who needs us.

Suggested wording

Below is the suggested legal wording that can be used in your will for the different kinds of gifts you can leave to Group B Strep Support. The following wording ensures that your gift will be used in accordance with your wishes.

You can request that your gift will be used to benefit our work nationally, regionally or locally – the choice is yours.

For a residuary gift:

I give the residue of my estate to Group B Strep Support, PO Box 203, Haywards Heath, West Sussex RH16 1GF (Registered Charity Number 1112065) for its general charitable purposes. I further direct that the receipt of the Chief Executive or other proper officer of the said charity for the time being shall be a full and sufficient discharge for the said gift.

For a pecuniary / specific gift:

I give the sum of £_____ (or the item specified) to Group B Strep Support, PO Box 203, Haywards Heath, West Sussex RH16 1GF (Registered Charity Number 1112065) for its general charitable purposes. I further direct that the receipt of the Chief Executive or other proper officer of the said charity for the time being shall be a full and sufficient discharge for the said gift.

Frequently asked questions

A gift in your will can help ensure that up-to-date and unbiased information about group B Strep during pregnancy and the early weeks of life is given to new and expectant parents. By having this information, parents can ensure that steps are taken so that more group B Strep infection in babies will be prevented. If this is something you believe is important, please consider leaving the charity a gift in your will. Here are the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions:

I haven’t written my will yet. How important is it that I write one and how complicated is it?

Writing a will is a crucial way to ensure that your wishes are carried out after your death. It needn’t be a complicated process and it means your loved ones can carry out your wishes easily. There’s lots of information available to help you plan and write your will.

I’m not sure what to leave as a gift. What are the different types?

You can choose to leave a residuary gift (a share of your estate after taxes and debts have been paid), a pecuniary gift (a fixed sum of money) or a specific gift (a gift of property, a specific possession such as a painting or stocks and shares). Whatever the value of your gift to the charity, it will go a long way to help someone who needs us.

How can I take care of my family and leave a gift in my will to Group B Strep Support?

You will, of course, take care of your loved ones first. After providing for your family and friends, even a small percentage of what is left will make a real difference to the people who will need us years from now.

How easy is it to leave a gift to Group B Strep Support in my will?

It’s very easy to include a gift to Group B Strep Support in your will. If you already have a will, you might not need to rewrite it. A qualified professional such as a solicitor can draft an amendment (called a codicil).

Alternatively, you can use the suggested legal wording below for the different kinds of gifts you can leave to Group B Strep Support in your will – download our codicil form from Codicil form for Group B Strep Support (PDF, 39KB). The wording ensures that your gift will be used in accordance with your wishes.

What will it cost to write my will?

Writing a will is not as expensive as you might think. Solicitors can provide estimates on request, and the cost will depend on how complex your affairs are.

Do I have enough money to leave a gift in my will?

Every gift we receive from our supporters – large or small – is important to us, and contributes towards the work of Group B Strep Support.

Even a small percentage of your estate can make a big difference to the work of Group B Strep Support, while safeguarding both your intentions and your loved ones’ interests.

What happens if I change my mind?

Then you amend your will – speak with the solicitor or professional who helped you set up your will in the first place, and they will be able to advise you.

I’m acting as an executor – what should I do?

Please contact us by phone, email or letter and we will help you in any way we can.

Further information

We are happy to answer any questions you may have about Group B Strep Support and leaving a gift to us in your will.

You can download an information leaflet by clicking here.

Please call us on 01444 416176, email Jane Plumb at jplumb@gbss.org.uk or write to us at Group  Strep Support, PO Box 203, Haywards Heath, West Sussex RH16 1GF.

Registered Charity 1112065