Leave a gift in your Will
Leave a gift in your Will to help support members of our RAF Family going through tough times.
For more than 100 years the brave servicemen and women of the RAF have fought and sacrificed to protect all our tomorrows. Including a gift in your Will, is a wonderful way to support those who have given so much. You can help those who have served and those who will serve, for all our tomorrows and long into the future.
Why leave a gift in your Will?
Leaving a legacy is not only easy, but an incredible thing to do to help others in need. One day you could come to the rescue of an RAF veteran in desperate need, a young airman injured on operations or the widow and family left behind.
We understand that your family and loved ones must always come first, but once they are taken care of we ask that you consider leaving a gift in your Will to support members of the RAF Family.
If you would like more information on leaving a gift in your Will, and protecting the future of the RAF Family, you can request your copy of our Gifts in Wills Guide below. As a thank you along with your guide you will also receive a free limited edition RAF print.
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Frequently asked questions
When considering a legacy gift, there four main types of bequest. These are defined as:
- Residuary: This is a gift of the whole or a percentage of an estate following the distributions of specific gifts and payments of any debts and expenses.
- Pecuniary: This is a financial gift of money or shares.
- Specific: This is the gift of an item, such as a house, medals or painting.
- Reversionary: This is a gift of an asset, such as a house that can be enjoyed by a chosen beneficiary during his or her lifetime before reverting to the RAF Benevolent Fund.
Very. Currently more than 60% of our income comes from gifts in Wills. Without this vital funding we would be unable to carry out our life-changing work.
The minimum amount of information your solicitor will need is:
- Our charity registration number: 1081009 (England and Wales) SC038109 (Scotland)
- Our address: Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund, 67 Portland Place, London W1B 1AR.
It will also be worth having an idea of what type of gift you want to leave.
Here is some example wording you could use to leave a gift in your Will to the RAF Benevolent Fund. You may wish to print this off and present it to your solicitor, if so, please specify your particular wishes by deleting as appropriate.
'I give XX per cent of the remainder of my estate/ £ (cash amount) /my property of (give address) to the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund of 67 Portland Place, London, W1B 1AR (Charity Registration Number 1081009, Scotland registration number SC038109) for its charitable purposes. I further direct that the receipt of the Finance Director or other proper officers of the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund shall be a full and proper discharge for the said legacy.'
Not necessarily. If you already have a Will and want to make small changes, it is possible to do so by adding a codicil, or supplement to your Will.
Please request our Gifts in Wills Guide which includes a codicil form. Fill this in as instructed and return to your solicitor or whoever is looking after your Will. Alternatively, you could write a letter to your solicitor stating your wishes. We recommend you consult your solicitor before making any substantial changes to your Will.
Yes, certainly. The RAF has been serving Britain for more than 100 years and our services will be needed just as much in the future as new challenges to peace and security emerge. The RAF's technology may change dramatically, but there will always be men and women prepared to put their lives on the line to protect our way of life. Thanks to gifts in Wills we can ensure that we are here to protect the future generation.
Please contact Kate Galbraith on 0333 355 1081 email email@example.com, get in touch online, or write to us at RAF Benevolent Fund, 67 Portland Place, London W1B 1AR. We will be delighted to answer any queries you may have.
For more information about leaving a gift in your Will to us, please request a copy of our Gifts in Wills Guide.
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