Leaving a gift in your will can make an enormous difference to the lives of future generations affected by AS.
We know this is a sensitive and a very personal topic, but gifts left in wills - known as legacies - have made an enormous difference to NASS. In recent years, legacies have doubled our income, helping us to improve our services, launch new projects, and fund vital research into better treatments for AS.
Around 30 million people in Britain do not have a will – that's about 70% of the population. Although you do not have to make a will by law, it is the best way to make sure your estate is passed on to family, friends and the causes you care about exactly as you wish. If you don’t have a will, your assets may be distributed according to the law rather than your wishes.
We are extremely grateful that some of our members have let us know of plans to include a gift to NASS in their will. Some would like their gift used in a specific way, such as on improving our services for people living with AS. One of our members is supporting their local branch with a gift of £1,000 each year for five years. No matter how big or small, every gift makes a huge difference.
A legacy can take various forms but the most popular and easiest to administer are:
- A residuary gift which is the remainder of your estate after you have provided for your loved ones, or
- A pecuniary gift which is a specified amount of money stated in your will.
Whichever type of gift you choose to leave you should always see your solicitor. They will advise on what your will should contain to make sure all your wishes are carried out. To make sure your gift reaches NASS, please advise the solicitor of our full name and charity details: National Ankylosing Spondylitis Society, RCN: 272258 SC: 041347.
If you choose to leave a gift in your will to NASS and would like to let us know please contact:
Supporter Engagement Manager
172 King Street
London W6 0QU
020 8741 1515
Thank you for thinking of us, and for helping to leave a lasting legacy of support for people with AS.