It is not an easy subject to talk about, but making a Will is something we all have to face eventually to ensure our wishes are carried out when we are gone. It is not easy deciding who and what you will leave to loved ones, but once you have ensured that they have been looked after, a small gift to charity can ensure that something continues in your memory.

Gifts in Wills can go towards any part of Autism Anglia’s work and will make a long-term difference to people with autism.  As Autism Anglia changes and develops in the years ahead we will need funds to support our vision of creating a society where people with autism are valued and supported, as well as ensure the sustainability of our core services.

Whatever your reasons, size of bequest, or area of our work that you may like to support, we would be happy to recognise your generosity should you decide to leave a gift.

It is important to speak to a qualified legal adviser who can give you help and advice on drawing up or amending a Will.

What types of gift can I leave?

You can leave a defined amount as a gift which is called a 'pecuniary gift'. For example, you may choose to leave £1,000 in your will to Autism Anglia (remember to account for inflation in the future though as your gift might not be worth as much as you had planned).

Alternatively, you can leave a percentage or portion of your estate which is called a 'residuary gift'. For example, you may choose to leave 10% of your estate to Autism Anglia once all outstanding bills have been paid.

You could even leave a ‘specific gift’, such as jewellery, furniture, a painting or even property.

Wording to leave a gift in your will

“I give to Autism Anglia (registered charity number 1063717, 59 North Hill, Colchester, CO1 1QF) ... (insert amount, percentage of estate or description of property, items etc) ... to be used for its general charitable purposes. I declare that the receipt of the Chief Executive, or an appropriate officer, shall be a complete discharge to my trustees.”

You may wish to include details of any specific funeral arrangements you may have in your will. These may include asking friends and family to make an In Memoriam donation to Autism Anglia rather than send flowers.

Our free Will Information Pack will help to guide you through the process of including Autism Anglia in your Will.

Help us to plan for the future

If you do decide to include Autism Anglia in your Will we would be delighted to hear from you. Of course, we hope it will be many years before we benefit from your gift, but it will help us plan a little for the future.

It is also nice for us to know who our supporters are so we can keep you informed of any developments in the charity, events that we run, or even just to say thank you.

Making an In Memoriam donation

A gift in memory of a relative or friend can mean so much in a time of sadness. It is a lovely way to remember loved ones and, through supporting their favourite cause, you can make a real difference in their name. Often the Funeral Directors organise these donations but we are also happy to accept cheques or online donations directly. You can even set up your own In Memory page here on our website

If you would prefer that donations be made to Autism Anglia rather than flowers be sent at your funeral, please inform your family or ask your solicitor to include it in your Will.