…the greatest gift you can make is a gift in your Will
We all owe our freedom to the RAF. Not since WWII when veterans bravely protected our skies has the RAF been so constantly deployed on global operations – and across the generations, the need for support is becoming ever more complex.
We owe so much to the whole RAF family, and we want to be there to support every generation when they need us most. But we need your help. Last year 85,000 members of the RAF family received practical, emotional or financial assistance. A gift in your Will would help us support even more veterans, serving personnel and their families who continue to sacrifice so much for us. These extra-special gifts fund a significant proportion of all our vital welfare work. Their greatest gift to us is freedom. Your greatest gift to them is a gift in your Will.
Free Will guide
Our practical guide to making a Will is free. You can choose to receive it by email or post by contacting us using the button below.
The guide has been designed to be full of information to aid your thinking prior to meeting with a solicitor. However, it is not legal advice and we actively encourage you to use a solicitor to write or update your Will.
Once you’ve made sure you’ve provided for your loved ones, just 1% of your estate could have a big impact. It could help pay a bill that a veteran is struggling to afford, or go towards the long-term care of someone who fought for our freedom.
We’ve teamed up with McClure Solicitors to provide a free Will-writing service. Our partnership means you can plan for the future without worrying it’s going to be expensive or complicated.
What McClure Solicitors provides:
- Free Will-writing – McClure will prepare your Will free of charge, a service which usually costs £150 for a single client and £240 for a couple. You will not be charged for their services.
- Free Will review – if you already have a Will, McClure will review your existing Will for free, check the circumstances and advise if it meets your needs. If your Will is no longer suitable, you can upgrade it and make use of the free Will service offered by McClure solicitors.
- Power of Attorney – a legal document which appoints someone to act for you if you become unable to make decisions or manage your affairs. And McClure will donate a proportion of their fee to Royal Air Forces Association.
McClure Solicitors have 14 offices throughout the UK, and offer home visits or telephone appointments if you can’t make it to one of their offices.To book an appointment call Freephone 0800 852 1999 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
What happens if you don’t have a Will?
If you die without making a will, this could result in your estate not going where you would have wished. Having a Will is the only way of ensuring that your loved ones and chosen charities will be remembered as you wanted.
Why should I leave a gift in my Will to the RAF Association?
Gift in Wills are vitally important in helping us provide friendship, help and support to all in the RAF family, so that whenever they need us we can be there. The RAF family is made up of 1.3 million people. Just over a third of the former RAF community live alone, and nearly 1 in 8 older people live with some level of unmet need.
From serving to veteran, to children, families and loved ones, your legacy will help to make sure we’re here for them all, for generations to come.
How do I include a gift in my Will to the RAF Association?
We’ve put together a guide to making a Will and leaving a gift which we hope will help to make all this clear. Order yours now.
What types of gifts can I leave?
All gifts in Wills are vitally important and make a real difference to the RAF family. There are four main types of gift that you can leave in your Will:
- A residuary gift. You can leave a percentage of your estate after your family and friends are provided for.
- A pecuniary gift. This is a gift for a fixed sum of money.
- A specific gift. A gift such as a piece of jewellery, furniture or art etc.
- A reversionary gift. This enables you to provide for a partner for life with any remaining capital then passing to a charity of your choice such as the RAF Association after their death.
All gifts are gratefully accepted, however, residuary gifts (a percentage of your estate) are particularly helpful to us as they usually maintain or increase their value over time, and will remain proportional to the value of your estate as time goes by.
Do I need to tell the RAF Association if I’m leaving a gift?
We appreciate that leaving a gift in your Will is a very personal and private matter and it’s entirely up to you if you choose to let us know.
However if you could let us know, we’d be very grateful. It will allow us to communicate with you in the best way, to say a very big thank you if you have chosen to remember us, and to plan for the future. Any information you provide will be treated in the strictest confidence, will not be shared with third parties and is not legally binding. You can email us here or call the Gift in Wills team on 0800 018 2361.
What if I change my mind?
You are free to change your mind at any time. Pledging to leave a gift in your will to the RAF Association doesn’t commit you to doing so, though it would be really helpful if you tell us if you do change your mind.
Do I need to use specific wording?
We always advise speaking to a legal professional when making or amending a Will. However, we do have some suggested wording below that you can use depending on the type of gift that you would like to leave:
To leave a proportion of the estate:
Subject to the payment of my debts, funeral and testamentary expenses, I give the whole/___% of my estate not otherwise disposed of by this my will to the Royal Air Forces Association [a charity registered in England and Wales (226686) and Scotland (SC037673)] of Atlas House, 41 Wembley Road, Leicester, LE3 1UT for the general purposes of Royal Air Forces Association and I declare that the receipt of its Treasurer or other proper officer shall be in full and sufficient discharge.
To leave a specific amount:
I give free of tax to the Royal Air Forces Association [a charity registered in England and Wales (226686) and Scotland (SC037673)] of Atlas House, 41 Wembley Road, Leicester, LE3 1UT, the sum of £________________ for the general purposes of the Royal Air Forces Association and I declare that the receipt of its Treasurer or other proper officer shall be in full and sufficient discharge.
What is an executor?
An executor is an appointed person that has the legal authority and responsibility to administer your estate and will ensure your finances and possessions are distributed in accordance with what is stated in your Will. You can have up to four executors to deal with your wishes. These could be friends, family, or a professional such as your solicitor. Whoever you choose, make sure you ask their permission.
How do I change or add to an existing Will?
If you want to make changes to your Will after you and your witnesses have signed it, you have two options. You can either make a codicil (a straightforward document that needs to be signed and witnessed in the same way as a Will allowing you to make amendments instead of completely re-writing it), or make a new Will. Both require your signature and the signatures of two witnesses.
For more information on making or updating your will, or to find out how we use gifts in wills to provide friendship, practical help and emotional support, please contact the Gift in wills team on 0800 018 2361 or email email@example.com who will be happy to help.
Jack aged 93 is one of the longest serving residents at Wexford House, one of our assisted living facilities based in Melton Mowbray. He volunteered to join the RAF at 18 as a wireless operator and served during the Second World War. He flew in dangerous reconnaissance missions for his country. Jack and his crew never knew if they would make it home.
Jack sadly lost his wife over 20 years ago. He struggled to cope with the loneliness and the general household upkeep was becoming too difficult to manage. Jack moved into Wexford House in 2011 and has never looked back:
“I could not have wished for anything better and I took to it straight away. Since I went for my five day trial I’ve loved it ever since. You make new friends and nothing is too much trouble.”
A special gift in your Will could help people like Jack, a man who gave everything to give us freedom. The greatest gift you could give in return is a gift in your Will to ensure we can always be there for people like Jack when they need us most.