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Legacy Giving

“Leaving a gift to St John’s Hospice in your Will is an amazing way for your generosity to last beyond your lifetime.”

Once you have provided for your loved ones in your Will, you may also like to remember a cause that you have cared about during your lifetime.

St John’s Hospice provides specialist care to anyone in Central and North West London suffering from a life-threatening illness. Last year the Hospice supported and cared for nearly 3,000 patients and their families through our services. The care our multi-disciplinary staff provide is tailored to meet the individual needs of each patient and is entirely free of charge.

By pledging to support St John’s Hospice in your Will, you are enabling us to continue to provide our high quality of care to terminally-ill patients and their families in our local community.

Patient Testimonial - Vera

Vera Hoalim with her sister Clara

“I loved the warmth and friendliness at the Hospice, which I found accommodating in every way. Both my sister Clara and I have always had a great level of passion towards helping people of lesser financial means. This includes outreach to communities stricken by poverty, homelessness and those in need of medical care. Clara was also passionate about helping her friends with financial needs. We had a vision to make a change through community outreach which is what led us to decide to leave a legacy for the Hospice in light of the amazing service they provided during her stay at St. John’s Hospice.”

What To Do Next

What To Do Next

Making a Will is usually straightforward and inexpensive. As with any legal document it is best to seek professional advice. If you do not have a solicitor you could ask family or friends for a recommendation or search online for a local solicitor on the Law Society website.

There are three main ways to leave a legacy to St John’s Hospice in your Will:

  • Residue Legacy
  • Cash Legacy
  • Item Specific Legacy
  • Codicil

Residue Legacy

Of course you’ll want to ensure that those closest to you are looked after. However after making provision for family and friends, you can leave what’s left – the residue – to St John’s Hospice.

Cash Legacy

Gifts of cash are always very welcome. Remember however, that cash donations will decrease in value over time, so remember to index link your gift. This is also known as a pecuniary legacy.

Item Specific Legacy

Specific items such as property, shares, jewellery, furniture etc. can be gifted.


If you already have a Will you can add a gift to St John’s by getting your solicitor to prepare a supplement called a codicil.


If you do decide to leave a legacy to St John’s you can follow this link for suggested wording in your Will.

T0 talk to someone about leaving a gift in your will to support end of life care for local people, please complete the form below or contact Samia on 020 7806 3717 or email.

Common Legacy Questions

Some of our most common questions related to legacy giving are listed below.

Why should I leave a legacy to St John's Hospice?

Most of our voluntary income comes from the generosity of people like you, whether it’s through collection boxes, our shop, regular gift or taking part in our events. But it’s a little known fact that our most vital income actually comes from people leaving gifts in Wills. For instance, gifts in Wills have helped towards the funding of the much-needed Inpatient Unit refurbishment which helped improve access and dignity for our patients.

What basic information do I need to include?

The most important information to include are our name, address and registered charity number:

St John’s Hospice
60 Grove End Road
St John’s Wood

Registered charity number: 235822

Who should write my will?

We always recommend using a practising solicitor to write your Will. This helps to ensure your Will is legally correct and that all your wishes will be followed.

Can a gift to charity help me pay less tax?

The money and assets left in your estate may be subject to inheritance tax and it may be of advantage to you to share your estate so that your family and friends are left gifts below the tax threshold (which is currently £325,000), so they do not have to pay inheritance tax. The remainder of your estate can then be left as a gift to one or more charities, like St John’s Hospice.

If I’ve left a gift in my Will, should I tell you?

Yes, it would be really helpful if you can let us know that you have included us in your Will – that way we know we don’t need to approach you again. Its also means we can keep you updated on how your intended gift can help the Hospice.

How do I find out more?

For more information please call Samia Khatun on 020 7806 3717 or email Samia

Suggested Wording

If you wish to leave a gift to St John’s Hospice, with the help of your solicitor, the following wording can be used when drafting your Will.

Residuary Legacy

“I give all (or a ___ % share of) the residue of my estate to St John’s Hospice of 60 Grove End Road, St John’s Wood, London NW8 9NH, Registered Charity Number 235822, free of Inheritance Tax, for its general charitable purposes and I direct the receipt of the Treasurer for the time being or other duly authorised officer shall be a sufficient discharge to my [Executor(s)/Trustees].” 

Pecuniary Legacy

“I give to St John’s Hospice of 60 Grove End Road, St John’s Wood, London NW8 9NH, Registered Charity Number 235822, for its general charitable purposes the sum of money produced by dividing the sum of £___(words and figures) by the index figure in the Index of Retail Prices (‘the Index’) for the month in which this will is executed and (having made allowances for any re-basing of the Index which may have happened in the meantime) multiplying it by the Index figure in the Index for the month in which my death occurs, and I direct the receipt of the Treasurer for the time being or other duly authorised officer shall be a sufficient discharge to my [Executor(s)/Trustees].”

Legal Words

Below are some of the more common legal words you may encounter when writing or amending your Will.


Someone who is appointed to arrange a person’s affairs if they leave no Will.


An individual or organisation who receives a gift in a Will.

Chattels and movables

Personal possessions, including furniture and car.


A document which enables a simple update or alteration to an existing Will.


All a person’s possessions at the time of death.


The person appointed to carry out the instructions in a Will.


A gift left to a person or organisation in a Will.

Life interest

A two stage legacy, where the first beneficiary is given the first use of an asset (e.g. a house) during their lifetime. After their death the asset passes to the second beneficiary.


A gift of a fixed amount of money.

Residual legacy

A gift consisting of the residue or part of the residue of an estate. This is a particularly popular way to leave a gift to charity.

Specific Legacy 

A gift of a particular item .e.g. jewellery.

Testator (male) or testatrix (female)

The person who is making the Will.