Your Will is an expression of who you are. It is a way for you to change the future for the people you care about – and to help end homelessness once and for all.
Everyone has the right to live with dignity and respect. But right now, increasing numbers of people are experiencing homelessness in the UK. That there are thousands of people who have nowhere safe to live is a profound reflection on our society. It’s a situation we can all agree needs to change.
By working together, we can help people rebuild their lives, by providing mental health support, professional courses and guidance on finding accommodation. It’s only by focusing on all aspects of an individual’s circumstances and working side by side that we can achieve our long-term goal of everyone having a safe place to call home.
With a gift in your Will to Crisis, you can help make sure future generations do not have to face homelessness.
We understand that when you're planning your Will, your family and loved ones will be top priority. Once you've provided for those closest to you, it can be easier than you think to include a gift to Crisis that could one day change lives. There are a number of ways that we can support you as you make your decision.
Our free guide booklet contains lots of useful information, including the main points to consider when planning your Will.
If you have any questions about leaving a gift in your Will to Crisis, or would just like to discuss it, with no obligations, you can contact George Shelley on 020 7036 2642, or firstname.lastname@example.org. He will be happy to help with any questions you have.
David almost became homeless on two occasions. He knew of Crisis from when he volunteered at Christmas and contacted us for help. Now he has a place of his own and supports Crisis so we can help others who need it.
"I know all too well how easy it is to face being made homeless. I faced a crisis on two occasions when I nearly lost my rented home, due to no fault of my own. Crisis helped me at the time, for which I am very grateful. I’ve got my own place now, but I see all the issues in this country and the way people are forced to live, how they can never afford to buy. They’re landed with poor accommodation, dodgy landlords – the pressure it puts people under is awful. I chose to leave a gift to Crisis in my Will because I wanted to support a charity I trust that pro-actively helps homeless people.” David, Crisis supporter
If you have any questions see if you can find the answer below, or you can contact George Shelley on 020 7036 2642, or email@example.com.
The essential information you need is our charity number 1082947 and address: Crisis, 66 Commercial Street, London, E1 6LT.
When you're planning for the future, we understand that of course, your loved ones come first. One way you can make sure those closest to you are taken care of is by donating 1% of your estate to Crisis, and leaving the rest to your family and friends. A gift like this would make a big difference to the lives of homeless people in the future.
Any gift you leave to Crisis will be spent in the best way we can – supporting people out of homelessness for good. If you are interested in leaving a gift for one of our Skylight Centres, contact our friendly team on firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on how to do this.
Making a standard Will with a solicitor can cost between £100 - £200, depending on your situation. You can write your own Will for free by taking advantage of our offer to Crisis supporters and using Farewill. Head to www.farewill.com/crisis to find out more about how it works and to get started.
You can leave a specific amount, for example £1,000. This is called a pecuniary legacy.
Or you can leave a percentage or fraction of your estate, for example 1%. This is called a residual or residuary gift. These are worked out after all other gifts and expenses have been dealt with.
Charitable legacies are usually exempt from Inheritance Tax so generally, leaving a gift to Crisis would reduce the overall tax due. And currently, if you leave more than 10% of your estate to charity, the overall rate of Inheritance Tax you pay is reduced. We cannot guarantee exactly what savings you could make so always consult a professional for financial advice specific to you.
It is sensible to review your Will every few years to make sure it still reflects your wishes – and this could be an opportunity to add a gift to Crisis. When you make a new Will it should contain a clause that revokes all previous Wills. This can be done with a Solicitor, or by using Farewill to write your Will.