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Registered charity number: SC018761
For more information or any further questions you may have, please see the ‘How to leave a gift in your will’ section.
How to leave a gift in your will
“I am a real life example of how Gifts in wills can change lives.”
Rob Hannigan, 47, lives in Edinburgh with his wife and young family. Rob works in risk management for a bank but two years ago he faced the biggest risk of all – losing his life.
In April 2016, Rob began having a number of unexplained blackouts. After the third most serious blackout while he was at work, Rob was rushed to hospital.
“I had suddenly gone from being a healthy youngish man with a young family and no worries or concerns to someone who was housebound and had to be looked after all the time. I was worried that I had a young family I wouldn’t be able to do anything with anymore. I didn’t know if I would be able to drive, work or be a husband or father again. It was frightening, totally frightening.”
“Please support Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland so that more dedicated Research Teams across the country can continue their life-changing, and in my case, life-saving work.”
While he was in hospital, Rob became involved in the PATCH-ED trial run by the EMERGE Research Team at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary. He hoped the trial might be able to explain why he was fainting and what was happening to him. Three weeks later, the results came back. They revealed that his heart had stopped beating four times over a two week period and once for a full 24 seconds. Within 24 hours Rob was back in hospital and having a pacemaker fitted.
“The trial, the results and the surgery have given me my life back. I now have the opportunity to have a future with my family, to go back to work and to lead a normal life and most importantly, to see my children grow up. These are gifts you just have to grab.”
1. Choose who to include in your Will
First, think about the family and friends that you would like to remember in your will. Most people want to care for their loved ones first, but it’s easy to also include a gift to the charities you care about, like Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland.
2. Decide what you want to give
Decide what type of gift you’d like to leave. Some people leave a specific amount or item, but many people choose a share of their estate, as this type of gift won’t lose its value over time.
3. Choosing your executors and guardians
Decide who you’d like for your executors – they’ll be responsible for ensuring your wishes are fulfilled, and are named in your Will.
You can appoint whoever you like as your executor. This can be a professional (i.e. a solicitor, bank or will writer) friend or relative. Be sure to ask them first. It is best to choose two executors in case one is unable to carry out your wishes.
4. Valuing your estate
Work out how much your assets are worth, including property, investments and any debts.
5. Inheritance tax
When you make a will, you can make sure that you don’t pay more Inheritance Tax than you need to. GOV.UK has more information about this.
6. Visit your solicitor
To leave a gift to Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland in your will all your solicitor will need is our address and charity number –
(registered charity number SC018761)
7. If you’ve decided to remember us, we’d love to know
Your Will is personal and it’s entirely up to you if you wish to share this information. But if you do choose to tell us, we’d love to be able to thank you properly and let you know how your gift can help.
Contact our legacy team we will respond as soon as we can.
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