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Leaving a Legacy

Would you consider leaving a gift to Disability North?

At some point in time it becomes important for everyone to write a will. It will help to protect your money and make sure your things go where you want them to. Once you have taken care of your family and friends, you might like to help Disability North to continue supporting and empowering disabled people by leaving us a gift in your will.


Why leave a gift to Disability North?

Disability North works with thousands of disabled people and their families across the North East. Our Information and Advice service provides valuable information on a wide range of issues around disability, including welfare rights, the suitability of independent living equipment, and direct payments. We also offer a Payroll Service for Direct Payments to help disabled people manage their money. We work hard to promote disability awareness in the North East and offer awareness and equality training and accessibility audits to businesses in the region.

By remembering us, you are ensuring our work can continue into the future and making a real difference in the lives of disabled people. With this kind of donation, we can plan ahead and look to future projects that will support disabled people.

Not only will you have the knowledge and peace of mind that you are leaving a real gift for the future, by leaving a portion of your estate to charity you may pay less tax. This is because charitable gifts are taken before inheritance tax is worked out. Remember, disabled people are twice as likely to live in poverty so any amount you can spare will be of great value to us.


How to leave a gift to Disability North?

It is easy and simple to leave a donation in your will. If you don’t already have a will, you can simply include a gift to us when you do write your will. We recommend that you always use a solicitor to write your will because they will make sure it is completely correct and free of mistakes that might stop your wishes being carried out.

If you have a will, you can add a gift to us in two ways:

• Firstly, you can write a new will and include us. This is a good idea if you have other things to include, or have recently been married as a new marriage will make all previous wills void and you will need to write a new one.
• Secondly, you can add a Codicil. A Codicil is an addition to your will, and is very simple to do with the help of your solicitor.
All you need to include a charity in your will is their name, registered charity number and address.

Ours are:
Disability North
Registered Charity No. 514733

The Dene Centre,
Castle Farm Road,
Newcastle upon Tyne,


There are two kinds of gifts you can leave to a charity:

• One is a single amount that you specify in your will, called a Pecuniary Bequest, but this gift may reduce in value over time because of inflation.
• The other way is to leave a Residuary Bequest, which is when you give all or part of what is left after your other gifts have been distributed and bills have been paid.

You might want to think about which of these ways would suit you the best.


Privacy and Confidentiality

We understand that deciding what to put in your will is a very personal experience, and we will not try to pressure you in any way. While we do like people who chose to remember us in their will to inform us as it helps us plan our future finances, we do not require you to do so and if you don’t want to tell us that is your choice. We will not share information about your donation with anyone else, and we promise to use your donation as effectively as possible.


Donating in Memory

You can also make a donation to Disability North in memory of a loved one. Nowadays, many people prefer to donate money in place of buying flowers for a funeral. It is a way of giving a gift for the future rather than focusing on the sadness of a loved one’s passing.


To view the Disability North leaflet about Leaving a Legacy please click on the following link: Leaving a Legacy.

Still have questions? Please take a look at our FAQs below.



Q: What happens if I don’t have a will?
A: If you don’t have a will in place, the state will decide what happens to your assets. Making a will is
the only way to ensure your wishes are carried out and all your valuable property goes where you want it to.

Q: Do I need a solicitor?
A: We recommend that you go to a solicitor to help you write your will because they will make sure that your will is correctly worded so that it is legal and to make sure your wishes will be carried out.

Q: What if I already have a will?
A: You can still add a charitable gift to your will if you have made one, either by writing a new will or by adding a codicil.

Q: How can I leave Disability North a gift?
A: Either in a new will or with a codicil added to your will. You will need our name, registered charity number and address.

This information is:
Disability North
Registered Charity No. 514733

The Dene Centre,
Castle Farm Road,
Newcastle upon Tyne,

Q: Will I have to pay tax on my gift?
A: No. Charitable gifts are not subject to tax, and on top of this, by leaving portion of your assets to a charity, you may pay less inheritance tax as this gift is taken before tax is worked out and isn’t counted.

Q: What if I can only donate a little?
A: Any amount you can spare after taking care of those you love is a great addition to Disability North. We are very grateful to all our kind donors. Any donation, big or small, can help us to make a real difference in the lives of disabled people.

To further assist you, we have prepared this useful Jargon Buster. Please click on the following link to access it in a PDF format: Jargon Buster





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