Age UK Reading is committed to being there for older people who need us. If you decide to leave a gift in your will to us, you will be supporting us to make life better for older people in Reading.
Every single gift is vital to Age UK Reading and we appreciate any gift you may choose to leave us after taking care of your family and friends. Whatever the value of your gift, it will go a long way to help someone who needs us.
If you decide to leave a gift in your Will it is important that you understand where your gift will go. You may not be aware that "Age UK" is not a single charity, but a federation. Age UK is the national organisation. They are a large national charity based in London who lead and support the federation, which is a partnership of around 150 financially independent local Age UKs like Age UK Reading.
If you leave the money to "Age UK" it will go to the National organisation. If you wish it to go directly to local services you need to be specific and be clear that you mean "Age UK Reading" at 42 Portman Rd Reading, RG30 1EA.
You can find out more about how Age UK Reading is funded and how we spend our funds at the page linked below.
How to leave a gift in your will
Having a will and keeping it up-to-date helps ensure that your wishes can be respected and your property and assets benefit people and causes you really care about. We would always recommend that you speak to a qualified professional such as a solicitor, when making or amending your will.
If you need to find a solicitor you can find one on Solicitors for the Elderley.
Your solicitor will be able to advise you on the required wording to carry out your wishes. If you wish to leave a gift to Age UK Reading in your will, all you need is our charity details below:
Age UK Reading, Thames House, 42 Portman Rd, Reading, RG30 1EA
and our registered charity number 1103557
If you already have a will
If you already have a will and you want to include a gift to Age UK Reading in it, there may not be need to rewrite it. You can ask a qualified professional such as a solicitor to add an amendment (called a codicil). As a general rule, if the change you wish to make is quite small or simple, you can use a codicil, and if the change is more significant or complex you should make a new will.
What kind of gift can I leave to Age UK Reading?
You can leave a specific sum of money or an item such as jewellery or a piece of art. Or you can leave a share in, or all of, what's left of the value of your estate after family and friends have been taken care of. The advantage of leaving a share (also known as residuary gift) is that it remains the same over time, and you won't need to change your will to keep up with inflation. Many people like to leave 1% to a charity and 99% to their loved ones.
Remember, unless you specify Age UK Reading there may be confusion about whether the gift is supposed to come to us or to the National organisation so be specific. You can find out more HERE.
Contact us to find out more
If you are interested in leaving a gift in your will and want more information, please feel free to contact us and we would be happy to talk to you further.