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Every year, gifts left in Wills (also known as legacies) make a huge difference to the lives of people living with axial SpA (AS).
On average, 40% of our annual income is gifted to NASS in people’s Wills, so our work would simply not be possible without these amazing people. The incredible and generous people who have chosen to leave a legacy gift to NASS will be remembered by us for ever. Their generosity is allowing us to continue to provide our information and support services like the Helpline and guide books. The are covering the cost of ground-breaking research, and are helping us to campaign for a better future for everyone affected by axial SpA (AS).
Around 30 million people in Britain do not have a Will – that’s about 70% of the population. An up to date Will is the best way to ensure your wishes are respected and your loved ones are looked after.
If you are at a point in life where you want to write or amend your Will for any reason, we have two free services which can help you to do that:
The National Free Wills Network
This service gives you the opportunity to meet with a local solicitor and have a simple Will made or updated for free.
Simply get in touch and let us know that you would like to write a Will for free. We’ll pass your details on to the National Free Wills Network. You will then receive a pack in the post within 3 weeks giving you the details of local participating solicitors. You can then contact your chosen solicitor with your referral code and make an appointment to have your Will written free of charge. There is no obligation to leave a gift to NASS in your Will.
Guardian Angel provide an online will writing service which means you can create a Will from home – completely for free. Simply click here for more information.
There are common misconceptions about writing a Will, or leaving a gift to charity:
Only rich people need to make a Will
If you die without a will, there are certain rules which dictate how your money, property or possessions should be allocated. This may not be the way that you would have wished your money and possessions to be distributed, so everyone should make a Will.
Making a will is difficult and expensive
Making a will doesn’t need to be complicated, and by using our partnerships with Guardian Angel and the National Free Wills Network, you could make a simple Will made or updated for free.
You can’t take care of your family if you leave a gift to charity
We would always want you to ensure that your family, friends and loved ones are taken care of in your Will. Once that has been done, only then should you consider leaving a gift to NASS or any other charity.
If I left a gift to charity, it would need to be a huge amount, and I don’t have that much to give
A gift to charity can be any amount, creating a lasting legacy in your name. All gifts, big or small are truly appreciated. You can leave a specific amount, a percentage of your estate after all other gifts and payments have been made, or even a specific item to a charity.
If you decide to leave a gift to NASS in your Will, your solicitor or Will-writer will ask you for key information about the charity:
Charity name: National Axial Spondyloarthritis Society
Registered charity number: 1183175 (England and Wales), SCO49746 (Scotland)
Registered charity address: 172 King Street, Hammersmith, London, W6 0QU