Leave a Gift in your Will and help to provide a positive future for children with half a heart


Nearly a quarter of all income donated to charities in the UK is through gifts in Wills. It is essential for charities like Little Hearts Matter and can make a huge difference.

Many families have been affected by single ventricle heart conditions on a loved one and know just how difficult,
stressful and life-changing it can be. With a gift in your Will, you could help us create a better future for children
with half a heart; allowing us to offer more support and information for those families and children affected.
We do not know what the future holds for the children we support, but by leaving a heartfelt legacy, you can help it be a better one.

Your gift. Your choice.

We absolutely understand that your loved ones are likely to be your priority when writing a Will. However, just a little of what’s left, once they have been provided for, could go a long way to helping Little Hearts Matter continue to grow and provide even more support to children with half a heart.
We recommend that you talk to your family about any decision you make, but we believe the majority of loved ones will fully support and understand any donation you make to LHM.

Every gift WILL make a difference

Any gift you give doesn’t have to be large to make a difference. Anything you leave can play a big part in the charity’s future. Ensure your wishes are known. We know it can be easy to put off, but making a Will is essential to
ensure your loved ones and the causes you care about are taken care of exactly how you wish.Making or changing your Will is a lot easier than you think and once you’ve done it, you can relax knowing that your wishes will be carried out.

How to leave a gift in your Will

There are three main ways to make a difference through your legacy:

Residuary Legacy

This is a share – or even all – of the balance of your estate, once all the
other payments have been made. It will not lose its value over time.

Pecuniary Legacy

This is a fixed amount of money. It is worth noting that the effects of inflation could mean the true value of this gift
could become less than you intended, unless you review and change your Will regularly.

Specific Legacy

This would be a gift of a specific item – e.g. possessions, building, land or shares.

Changing your Will

If you already have a Will and don’t have a gift to Little Hearts Matter in it, changing your Will to leave a gift is simple and relatively inexpensive. You can make changes through adding a straightforward document called a
codicil; this allows you to make amendments to an existing will instead of completely rewriting an already written version, or you can of course write a new Will.

Three top tips to get you started

If you haven’t got a Will, it’s quite a simple process. To get started, we recommend doing the following:

1. List what you own

Think about everything that you own (including your estate and assets) and who you’d like to be your executor (the person who carries out the instructions of the Will).

2. Plan who you would like to include

For many people, loved ones will come first, but we also hope you’ll consider leaving a gift to Little Hearts Matter. Gifts from people like you make everything we do possible.

3. Decide who will write your Will


We would always recommend using a solicitor you know to write your Will to ensure all legal formalities are carried out correctly and your Will is written and witnessed in a valid way. There are hundreds of Will writers

on their website: www.willwriters.com.


We appreciate that a Will is a very personal thing and respect any decision that you make, but if you have any questions about leaving a gift, please contact Little Hearts Matter on 0121 455 8982 or e-mail [email protected]

On behalf of everyone at Little Hearts Matter… Thank you.

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