It's wonderful that you want to be
Part of the heart.
A gift in your Will is a very special way to always be ‘part of the heart’ of the RAF Family. Helping the RAF Benevolent Fund to give lifelong support to its people and their loved ones in their time of need.
Why leave a gift in your Will?
Loved ones. Children. Friends. Whatever ‘family’ looks like, it’s important for so many of us. So after you’ve made provision for those you hold dear, we’re inviting you to leave a gift to support our vital work.
That way we can be there for members of the RAF Family, in whatever way they need us, for as long as they need us. Giving highly-tailored practical, emotional and financial assistance – from respite breaks for families to confidential counselling, mobility aids to support for injuries, illness and bereavement.
You’ll be helping those who served, those who will serve
and the people they cherish.
Every gift is valuable to us, no matter the size or the reason why you choose to leave it. Be it a close personal connection or simply a deep admiration – for how the RAF has defended freedoms for all our families, for generation upon generation. In the Battle of Britain. In today’s uncertain world and long into the future. Your kindness will mean we will always think of you as family and remember the selfless way you chose to look out for the futures of our brave RAF people and those dear to them.
To find out more, simply ask for our guide to making a gift in your Will below. And if there’s anything else you’d like to know, please contact our friendly team for a confidential chat. You can reach us on 0207 307 3444 or email Jen.Clayton@rafbf.org.uk
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.
Yes. Please email email@example.com or call 0207 307 3444 to discuss your wishes.
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 the Legacy team on 0207 307 3444 email firstname.lastname@example.org, 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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For more information or to discuss leaving a gift in your Will please email Jen.Clayton@rafbf.org.uk or call 0207 307 3444 to discuss your options and wishes.
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