Freedom from Torture - Leave a legacy

Leave a legacy

Why leave a gift in your Will?

Leaving a legacy to us is a powerful way to demonstrate your concern for torture survivors. By remembering Freedom from Torture in your Will, you can ensure your commitment to transforming the lives of those who have experienced torture and persecution will continue into the future.

Legacy gifts make up more than 10% of our annual income and are an important source of funding. Although we don’t know what the future holds, gifts in Wills enable us to look ahead and plan our work with greater confidence.

You may feel you don’t have much to leave, but any gift you choose to leave will be valuable to those we help. After you have looked after those nearest and dearest to you, we would be delighted if you would consider leaving a gift to Freedom from Torture.

Legacy gifts help ensure we can continue to:

  • Offer the rehabilitation and therapy survivors of torture so desperately need
  • Protect survivors in the UK and make sure they are not returned to their countries of origin to face the risk of further torture
  • Publicly hold states responsible for torture to account and defend the human rights of survivors both nationally and internationally

Thank you if you have already chosen to or are considering supporting us in this special way.

This is what one of our kind supporters had to say about why he chose to remember Freedom from Torture in his Will:

Although I cannot stop torture being used, I can give my long term support to your work to help heal some of the wounds inflicted on these victims, and this will in a small way balance the destructive aspects of torture.

How to leave a gift in your Will

Writing a Will might seem daunting but it can actually be a very straightforward process and give you peace of mind. If you don’t already have a Will we strongly recommend that you contact a solicitor so that a legal document can be drawn up that clearly states your wishes.

If you do not have a solicitor, the Law Society can help you find a suitable solicitor in your area. Contact the Law Society on 020 7242 1222 or visit Find A Solicitor.

Freedom From Torture are members of the National Free Wills Network who can help you get your Will drafted or updated free of charge. See below to find out more or contact us via 020 7697 7788 or legacies@freedomfromtorture.org.

Download a copy of our legacy information leaflet

Types of gift

Legacy gifts come in several different forms. These include:

  • Residuary gifts – This is a percentage of the value of your estate once all other payments have been made (e.g. funeral expenses, pecuniary and specific legacies). This type of gift is especially valuable because, unlike a pecuniary gift, it retains its value over time.
  • Pecuniary gifts – This is a fixed amount of money.
  • Specific gifts – For example an antique, a piece of jewellery or land, buildings or investments that you wish to pass on.
  • Your solicitor will be able to help you decide which type of gift is right for you.

Suggested wording

Your solicitor can also advise you on suitable wording to include a gift to Freedom from Torture in your Will. Our suggested wording is:

“I give free of inheritance tax to Freedom from Torture (Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture) Registered Charity Number: 1000340 of 111 Isledon Road, London N7 7JW [ insert the details of your gift here, e.g. 10% of the residue of my estate ] to be used for its general charitable purposes. I declare that the receipt of the Treasurer or duly authorised officer at Freedom from Torture shall be a full and sufficient discharge for my Executors".

Codicil

If you already have a Will but wish to include a gift to Freedom from Torture you can do so easily by adding a Codicil. Your solicitor can organise this to ensure the new instructions align with your existing Will.

Keeping your Will safe

Once your Will and any Codicils are completed, signed and witnessed you will need to keep the documents in a safe place; it can be a good idea to leave a copy with your solicitor. Let your

Executors (the people you have chosen to carry out the terms of your Will) know where it is stored.

National Free Wills Network

We are members of the National Free Wills Network who can help you get your Will drafted or updated free of charge. The service co-ordinator writes to you with details of solicitors in your area who are part of the scheme. You then receive a voucher to present to the solicitor when you make your appointment. In taking up this offer you are under no obligation to leave a gift to us, however we very much hope you will see this as a chance to help survivors of torture in the future. To find out more or be referred to the scheme, contact us initially via 020 7697 7788 or legacies@freedomfromtorture.org.

Free Wills Month

Every March and October supporters aged 55 and over can have a simple Will written or updated free of charge by using solicitors participating in the scheme. Once again, although we hope you will consider using the scheme to include a gift to Freedom from Torture in your new Will, you are under no obligation to do so. To find out more or to sign up to receive a reminder before the next campaign, visit Free Wills Month.

Letting us know about your gift

Although you don’t have to tell us if you have chosen to leave a legacy to Freedom From Torture, doing so gives us the opportunity to thank you for your commitment, plan ahead for the future and keep you updated on our work if you would like that. If you do choose to let us know about your gift, we will keep any information confidential and you can change your mind at any time. Please contact 020 7697 7788 or legacies@freedomfromtorture.org.

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Further information

If you would like to find out more about leaving a gift to Freedom From Torture in your Will or to participate in the National Free Wills Network scheme, please call 020 7697 7788 or email legacies@freedomfromtorture.org. Alternatively, fill in the form below and we will send you an introductory pack via email.

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