Leave a legacy
Remembering National AIDS Trust in your will and help us to end HIV transmissions, end stigma, and end isolation for people living with HIV
Thanks to National AIDS Trust, everyone in the UK can access free HIV treatment. Now, more than 97% of people living with HIV are doing well on treatment and can’t pass the virus on because of their medication.
With the help of our supporters, we also fought, successfully, to make sure the HIV prevention drug, PrEP is available on the NHS to those who need it. For the first time since the virus was identified in 1984, we are seeing significant reductions in new diagnoses.
But, despite advances in treatment and prevention, and changes to the law, stigma and discrimination are still rife. There are barriers to accessing treatment, and access to care and support is inconsistent. Late diagnosis is common, and many people still don’t know how to protect themselves.
Your will is a precious chance to shape the future. We are working to ensure a reduction in diagnoses across all communities. If you believe in ending HIV transmission, and in a future where HIV is no barrier to health and equality, you share our vision for the future.
By remembering us in your will, you can help us to bring about the future we so passionately believe in, sooner.
What your gift can help us achieve
Ending HIV transmissions
- Making sure the HIV prevention pill, PrEP is available to everyone.
- Free resources for schools to make sure every young person has the correct information to protect themselves and others.
- Make sure all people living with HIV have access to good quality, free treatment
Ending HIV stigma
- Increased public awareness of HIV facts and the impact of stigma, by running high-profile awareness campaigns.
- Ensure all people living with HIV understand their rights at work, and employers understand their responsibilities to people living with HIV.
Ending isolation of people living with HIV
- Ensuring people living with HIV have access to good social care and support if they need it.
- Help older people living with HIV get better, more dignified care by ensuring older people know their rights, and providing training and guidance for care providers.
Firstly, we’d like to thank you for considering leaving a gift to National AIDS Trust in your will. We understand that this decision is a deeply personal one and we promise to:
- Respect your privacy - we'll never pressure you to declare your intentions.
- Always respect and understand that your family and loved ones come first.
- We pledge to make the best use of your gift, to continue our vital work to end HIV transmission, end stigma and end isolation of people living with HIV.
- We'll inform you of the difference a gift like yours can make and how it will improve the lives of people living with HIV and help us to work towards ending HIV transmission.
- We will be here to answer any questions you have, whenever you have them, in a way that suits you.
- Respect your right to change your mind about your gift at any time.
How to leave your legacy
Remembering National AIDS Trust in your will is straightforward, easy and cost-effective, since charities don't pay Inheritance Tax (which is 40% for other beneficiaries).
We are incredibly grateful to you for any gift that goes towards our work and we are more than happy to answer any questions you may have. We can also provide you with further information on leaving a legacy or writing a will.
Use our will planner
Contact Sharon Coleman to request our free will planner.
Leaving a legacy gift is an important decision, but that doesn't mean it should be a difficult process. We recommend that you use a solicitor to make sure your will is both legally effective and valid.
If you've already made a will, you don't need to pay to amend it - a codicil is a simple way to add a gift to National AIDS Trust to your latest will. We recommend speaking to a solicitor about this.
You can leave a specific sum of money to National AIDS Trust, known as a ‘pecuniary legacy’.
Another option is leaving specific items like shares, jewellery or paintings, known as a ‘specific’ gift – but you must own the item gifted at your death for your wishes to take effect.
Or, you may choose to leave a 'residuary' gift; a percentage of the remainder of your estate once all pecuniary legacies, specific gifts, debts and expenses of your estate have been deducted. That way you won't need to worry about whether a specific sum will be enough or too much at the time of your death - your gift will be a share of what is left after necessary deductions.
You can also leave assets to a named beneficiary during their lifetime, after which they would pass to National AIDS Trust. That's known as a ’reversionary’ gift.
There's usually no inheritance tax to pay on gifts left to National AIDS Trust. For those with larger amounts to leave, choosing to give 10 per cent of your estate to charity reduces the rate of inheritance tax on your estate – speak to a solicitor if this is something which may be suitable for you.
Adding a gift with a codicil
A codicil is a simple way to add a gift to National AIDS Trust to your will. It is a supplement to a will that can make changes or amendments and allow additions to that will, without you needing to write a new one.
Make sure that this codicil refers to your latest will - also clearly identify which codicil this will be (first, second, third etc).
Again, we highly recommend that you consult your solicitor, particularly if the changes you want to make are less straightforward (such as leaving a percentage of your estate or a reversionary gift to National AIDS Trust).
If you decide to update your will using a codicil, here are a few basic rules:
- Just like a will, you will need two independent, adult witnesses to you signing the codicil. They or their spouses (or civil partners) cannot be beneficiaries of your will or any codicil to it.
- Your witnesses do not need to see the contents of the codicil, but you must sign and date the codicil in the presence of both witnesses.
- The witnesses also need to sign the will in your presence and need to write in their names and addresses where indicated.
- Keep the completed codicil with your latest will (but not attached by pins or staples etc.) in a safe place.
- Send a copy of the will and codicil – in a sealed envelope if you prefer, to a trusted person (your executor, solicitor, good friend, or charity beneficiary), and let them know where the original will and codicil are stored.
You may find the following wording useful as a guide.
Note: please include our full name and charity number: National AIDS Trust, Registered Charity Number 297977.
For a pecuniary / specific bequest
‘I give the sum of £_____ (or the item specified) to National AIDS Trust (UK Registered Charity Number: 297977) of Aztec House, Second Floor, 397-405 Archway Road, London, N6 4EY for its general charitable purposes absolutely. I further direct that the receipt of the person who professes to be the Treasurer or other proper officer of the said charity shall be a full and sufficient discharge to my executors.’
For a residuary gift
‘Subject to the payment of my debts, funeral and testamentary expenses, I give the whole / ___ per cent of my estate not otherwise disposed of by this my Will to National AIDS Trust (UK Registered Charity Number: 297977) of Aztec House, Second Floor, 397-405 Archway Road, London, N6 4EY for the general purposes of National AIDS Trust absolutely and I declare that the receipt of the person who professes to be their Treasurer or other proper officer of the said charity shall be a full and sufficient discharge to my executors.’
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We’re here for you
We hope you will consider leaving a gift in your will to National AIDS Trust. Gifts in wills make a huge difference to the lives of people living with HIV, and in helping us to work towards ending HIV transmission. This can be your legacy.
We'd love to know if you have mentioned us in your will, as we'd really appreciate the chance to say thank you and give you the opportunity to receive updates on our work, as well as other opportunities such as invitations to events.
We promise that any information you share with us will be kept in the strictest confidence.
If you would like to talk to someone or would like your gift to be directed to a specific area of our work, please don’t hesitate to call us on 020 78146767 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.