How you can support carers in your Will or in tribute to a loved one.
Every day 6,000 people become carers, looking after a friend, relative, or loved one who is older, disabled, or seriously ill, and not paid to provide the care. A gift to Carers in Hertfordshire in your Will will ensure we can be there to listen, give expert information and advice, provide training and support, champion carers’ rights, and support carers in finding ways to cope with the challenges of caring.
It costs nothing now, but your legacy could make a real difference in years to come. You do not have to be wealthy to leave a gift in your Will, we appreciate donations of any size.
There are a range of options you can consider:
Residuary gift: Many people chose to leave this type of gift, which is a percentage of what is left of their estate once they have provided for loved ones because it ensures their gift does not lose value over time.
Pecuniary gift: A specified amount of money.
Specific legacy: A gift of a specific item for example jewellery, paintings, or other property.
Contingent gift: A gift that is dependent on something else happening, for example, that a child reaches a certain age before the gift is made to charity.
Life interest: A gift that is for someone’s benefit during their lifetime, such as house for someone to live in until they die.
We all know how important it is to make sure that we look after the ones we love, and this doesn’t stop after we have gone. Making a Will and keeping it updated through changes in our lives and circumstances is so important as without one, there’s no guarantee that your money, home, or treasured possessions will go where you want them to.
Not planning ahead by writing a Will can lead to considerable stress for loved ones left behind at what is likely to be an upsetting time. It can also mean high legal costs for family members.
By setting your affairs in order, you ensure that your assets are properly shared with those you wish to receive gifts to and can help to reduce the impact that inheritance tax and residential care fees can have on your estate. Once you have made provision for your loved ones, you may wish to consider supporting Carers in Hertfordshire in your Will. For guidance about including us in your Will, please download our Legacy document.
Donating or arranging a collection in memory of someone special who has died is a positive way to remember them and celebrate their life. Your gift could help give unpaid carers essential support and access to education, mentoring, and time to themselves away from caring.
You can remember someone by setting up a tribute page and can add messages and photographs and set up a link to donate to a charity, like us. Family and friends can also add to the page or make a donation. There are various websites that offer tribute funds such as MuchLoved and JustGiving.
You can make In Memoriam donations through the funeral director or send a gift direct to us. If sending direct to us please make cheques payable to Carers in Hertfordshire and send them to: Carers in Hertfordshire, The Red House, 119 Fore Street, Hertford, Hertfordshire, SG14 1AX.
Many people prefer to limit the amount of flowers at a funeral and ask for a donation to support a charity instead – known as a donation in lieu of flowers. Funeral directors are usually happy to organise collecting the contributions and take responsibility for forwarding them to us, so do ask them if they can help with this. You can also request our collection boxes instead or if you don’t have a funeral director planning the service you can get in touch about discussing in-memory donations.
We understand that losing a loved one is a very difficult experience. If the person you cared for has died we will continue supporting you and sharing information for three years after your bereavement. We offer one to one telephone bereavement support as well as support in groups. Visit our Bereavement Support page to find out about how we can help.