Save a life with a gift in your Will
I’m Debbie and I look after the gifts that donors leave to the Cornwall Air Ambulance in their Wills. Firstly, thank you for visiting this page and for considering leaving a gift in your Will. With the challenges of recent times, it really got me thinking, illnesses and accidents don’t discriminate, they can affect anyone on any day. No one knows this better than my family. Nearly 30 years ago my Dad was airlifted following a heart attack – something I have never forgotten. The crew and helicopter that day were priceless in our hour of need, but it made me wonder who funded the mission that saved my dad’s life?
One in every three missions attended by Cornwall Air Ambulance is funded by Gifts in Wills. Leaving a gift to Cornwall Air Ambulance could be part of your legacy and will help save lives in this generation and the next. Just like I think about the people that helped save my dad, you too will play a vital role in someone’s family and future.
Best wishes, Debbie
Debbie Henshaw, Senior Fundraising Manager
How to leave a Gift in your Will
Leaving a Gift in your Will can be a straight-forward process, but it is advisable to seek professional legal advice from a solicitor to ensure your wishes are being recorded accurately. There are various types of gift you can leave in your Will, and the most common are:
- A share in your Estate (Residuary Gift)
A specific sum (Pecuniary Gift)
A specific item
If you do decide to leave a Gift to Cornwall Air Ambulance your solicitor or Will writer will need the following information:
Full Charity name: Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust
Registered Charity address: Trevithick Downs, Newquay, Cornwall, TR8 4DY
Registered Charity number: 1133295
I want to take care of my loved ones first. Can I still leave a gift? Of course. Even 1% of your estate, after family and friends are provided for, helps fund the emergency missions
Will I pay tax on my gift? No. Gifts to charities are exempt from Inheritance Tax. They can even reduce the amount of tax your estate has to pay. Please visit the HM Revenue and Customs website for details.
How much should I give to make a difference? Some gifts we receive are large. Many are not. But together they fund over 1:3 missions, which makes a huge difference!
What wording should I use to leave a gift to Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust?
You can print off the following wording and give it to them to ensure your wishes are carried out.
To leave a share of your estate ‘I give my Residuary Estate [residuary estate will need to have been defined elsewhere in the Will and is a gift made after deductions of debts, taxes and expenses, which usually fall on residue] to Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust of Trevithick Downs, Newquay, Cornwall TR8 4 DY Registered Charity Number 1133295.’
To leave a cash gift ‘I give the sum of [£ in words and numbers] absolutely to Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust of Trevithick Downs, Newquay, Cornwall TR8 4 DY Registered Charity Number 1133295 and I declare that the receipt of the treasurer or any other proper authorised officer of any charity benefitting under my Will shall be a sufficient discharge for my Trustees who shall not be concerned as to the application of any gifts or payment.’
What is an executor? An Executor is the person you choose to make sure your wishes, as laid out in your Will, are adhered to. This can be a family member, friend or trusted professional and you can
I already have a Will, how do I add a codicil to leave a gift to Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust? We recommend you talk to your solicitor before adding a codicil. If you do, it’s a good idea to keep it in a safe place with your existing Will. Isn’t making a Will very expensive? Drawing up a simple Will should cost between £150 and £300. More complicated situations or requirements generally increase the cost. The peace of mind it can give you, however, can be priceless, as doing so will ensure your estate isn’t stuck in probate for months after you die.
Why we are leaving a gift in our Wills to Cornwall Air Ambulance
I took a degree in Civil Engineering and throughout my working life, worked on some major construction sites, drainage schemes including the Thames Barrier, and substantial highway works.
I witnessed firsthand the difficult situations people could often find themselves in – sometimes, but not always of their own making.
In 2013, at the start of the austerity measures, I was made redundant and with little prospect of meaningful work in the Surrey area, my wife and I retired to North Cornwall.
It soon became very apparent, with cutbacks and pressures across all our essential services, coupled with the ranging geography of this lovely county, how much people’s safety rested on the shoulders of the Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust.
From workers going about their business, to travellers and holidaymakers, fishermen, sportsmen, the sick, infirm and elderly, the helicopters truly make the difference between life and death.
As a motorcyclist too, I hope I will never have to call on the service, but I rest easy in the knowledge that they’re increasingly there for all who do – day and night.
It is for these reasons that we have nominated the CAAT as the major beneficiary in our joint wills.
We take comfort from the fact that the wider local community will benefit and lives will be saved.
I would urge any like-minded individuals to support this worthy local charity.
Denis and Pauline Scorey Bude 2020