Gifts in Wills-always a very tender subject, but nevertheless a subject that has to be mentioned.
As with most charities, “20-20 Voice” Cancer Appeal relies on the kindness of all those who donate time, money & energy, but leaving a legacy; ie donating to a charity in a will is not something that many people really think about these days.
However, these days it is a simple matter to create your own will, or, if a complicated set of instructions be the case, then there are plenty of solicitors at hand who specialise in such matters and advise quite comprehensively indeed.
We ‘larys’ are still able to tell the tale-thanks to modern technology, ie, electro-larynx’s etc. We are a species apart for we have that ability, despite losing our voices, to carry on and rebuild our lives. Indeed, many ‘larys’ return to work some months after their major operation-and all credit to them for that!
We know that medical equipment is expensive but we also now know the power of the “Flexi-Video-RhinoLaryngoscope” and the exiting prospects it offers in saving the trauma of losing the voice-box, but we also know the horrendous costs involved to purchase.
“20-20 Voice”, having now purchased the much needed FVR at almost £14,000, know only too well that we need every penny we can get in order to buy more of this vital sort of equipment and pay for the support that new larys need, for you can be sure of one thing, and that is that after we have left this earthly world there will be plenty more head, neck & throat cancer sufferers following in our foot-steps. Wouldn’t it be nice to know that we have left a little something to help those who may have to go through some (or all) of what we have been through-and that ‘little something’ has made their particular journey a whole heap easier!
Who knows, we might, with modern technology updating every week, have made that vital contribution that has saved a cancer victim from losing their ability to speak!
That’s how far medical aid is progressing and that is what you can help to achieve with your generosity in your last will & testament. We a species apart in the world of cancer for we have been, we have seen and some of us are still able to tell the tale.
Now we have the FVR in situ at the Leicester Royal Infirmary we know that all future possible cancer sufferers now have the fantastic option of early diagnosis…..15 months earlier than ever before thanks to the fantastic technical advancements in the medical world. Just think what this means for a minute: dodgy cells spotted? Micro surgery may well be able to remove them without a major operation. Larynx cleared of dodgy cells, voice retained, happiness achieved and it has saved the hospital approximately £25,000 in surgical procedures etc. Most importantly the patient is ‘oh so much more happier’ than before! It could be a member of your own family!!!
Put the Quill to the Will
Can YOU help someone after you’ve gone?
Simple Will rules (a guideline)
1… A share of your estate. After you have provided for your loved ones, you can leave a share of what remains to charity. This is known as a ‘residuary gift’.
2… A cash gift. This is when you leave an exact sum of money to us. It’s known as a ‘pecuniary gift’.
3… A specific item or items gift. Over the years charities have received everything from a stream to antique jewellery. The point being that whatever the item be, that item can be transposed into a cash gift for the charity.
4… A gift in trust. You can leave a gift for someone to use over a period of time. When the time has ended, the gift can be passed on to other recipients, such as a charity.
Important: Make sure that YOU give your assets to the people and causes you love most, don’t think “oh I’ll let them sort it out when I’m gone” or family frictions may set in. Worse still, without a Will detailing your wishes, your whole estate could end up belonging to the Crown or government.
Write a Will to keep control after you have gone, you know it makes sense!
Alternatively, people are now being asked to send the favoured charity a cheque instead of spending money on flowers for the decease’s funeral. This is an excellent way of ensuring that your loved one’s wishes are carried out with the minimum of fuss and if it is decided that we are to benefit from a loved one’s passing then simply make any cheques out to:
“20-20 Voice” Cancer Appeal (and post to)
37, Windley Road,
Please don’t forget that we are here to help, no matter what the problem may be and we can always be contacted on 07757-382970 or by text (same number). Remember that whoever answers your call may have a speech impediment or it may be a ‘bad line’, so please try to be patient. Alternatively you can use our secure email service [ email@example.com ] and we will answer you as soon as is humanly possible.