What is a legacy and how it helps Hospice at Home

Help our work live on

Help our work live on.

Home is where the heart is. There’s no place like home.

We all know these well-known sayings and over the last year, lockdown has meant we’ve spent more time than ever at home and it’s been the place we’ve feel safest.

However, the events of the last year have impacted charities in an unprecedented manner with the cancellation of thousands of events resulting in the loss of billions of pounds in income. During this time Lasting legacies have played a crucial role to Hospice at Home and the need for future sustainability has been highlighted greatly.

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What is a legacy?

A legacy is a gift you record in your will. It’s a donation of money or property to an individual or charity.


Could you leave a legacy gift to Hospice at Home?

By nominating Hospice at Home Carlisle and North Lakeland in your will, you can help to make sure our nurses, specialists and councillors can be there for patients, families and carers in the North and East of Cumbria, in the comfort of their own home.

Every gift donated makes a difference within our community and is an incredible way to make sure your legacy lives on.


Supporters words

Sally Nelson, one of our volunteers, tells us why she has decided to leave a legacy…

'My mother developed lung cancer when she was 80. She opted to have no treatment but to let nature take its course.

At the time we had very little help, we kept her at home and 6 months later she died in her own bed with us and her beloved dog with her. Sad though it was, I felt happy for her and there is no doubt that dying peacefully at home helped the bereavement process for us.

I think everyone should have this option - that’s why in the late 1990’s I joined Hospice at Home and am going to leave a gift in my will to help others benefit from this wonderful service.'

How to leave a legacy

Our legacy booklet describes in more detail what you need to do to build and leave a lasting legacy in your will.

There are a number of ways you can do this:

Pecuniary legacy: a gift of a fixed amount of money.

Residuary legacy: a gift of all (or part of) the residue of your estate once your loved ones have been taken care of. This is a popular way to leave a gift to a charity.

Specific legacy: a gift of a particular item, such as jewellery, antiques, shares, land or buildings.

Codicil: If you already have a Will you can add a gift to Hospice at Home by getting your solicitor to prepare a supplement called a codicil.

If you do decide to leave a legacy to Hospice at Home please see our legacy booklet for suggested wording in your Will.

In recent years gifts from wills have helped us to fund crucial core nursing services as well as help us to extend our respite care, to offer complimentary therapies to our patients and their carers and to provide pre and post bereavement support.

Legacy pack

For more information on how to HELP OUR WORK LIVE ON download a pack from the resources section below. To speak to someone about how leaving a legacy in your will would help the charity, please call Julie on 01768 210719 or complete the form below.

If you’d like to, you can also visit the Clinical and Fundraising Office at Valley Court, Barras Lane, Dalston where you can learn just how important your gift would make to the patients of tomorrow.

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Please help us to achieve our ultimate aim of providing a peaceful and dignified death at home for local patients, help us support their families and carers through difficult and emotional times.

Your generous gift, however big or small, will make a difference tomorrow.