International disaster relief
Courage in a crisis
Always ready, always there. How a gift in your will can help the Red Cross continue its vital work for future generations
In 2011 the British Red Cross responded to 19 overseas disasters, giving life-saving clean water, food, shelter and other support to over 213,000 people.
1966 Aberfan landslide Red Cross comforts and cares for the bereaved.
And because our neutrality is recognised and respected, the Red Cross is able to provide crucial relief to people in places
other agencies find impossible to reach, such as war torn Libya in 2011 and Syria today. To be fast and effective we have to be ready – with trained volunteers, vehicles, medical equipment and emergency supplies that can deployed instantly.
A gift in your will means we can be there whenever the call for help comes.
Contact us To find out more about our work and ways in which you can support the Red Cross, such as leaving a gift in your will, volunteering, or to attend one of our Red Cross events, call 0844 412 2848 or email email@example.com
A global movement founded on compassion The Red Cross is the world’s largest volunteer-led emergency relief organisation, providing life-saving support to those in crisis in the UK and across the world. Our 33,000 volunteers in the UK are part of a worldwide Red Cross network of network of over 13 million volunteers worldwide. That’s more than any other organisation. Today the Red Cross is a byword for delivering fast, efficient emergency relief wherever and whenever there is a humanitarian crisis. Our humanitarian work knows no boundaries. We give aid and comfort to people who are suffering regardless of their politics, race or religion. 1 | British Red Cross | Always ready, always there
2005 7/7 bombings Red Cross supports and comforts traumatised bomb victims. 2010 Haiti earthquake Red Cross distributes lifesaving supplies.
British Red Cross UK Office, 44 Moorfields, London, EC2Y 9AL The British Red Cross Society, incorporated by Royal Charter 1908, is a charity registered in England and Wales (220949) and Scotland (SC037738).
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UK emergency response
UK community support
A helping hand when the need is greatest
Caring in a street like yours
In 2011 the British Red Cross responded to over 4,200 emergencies here in the UK, including floods, house fires and transport accidents. Available around the clock, Red Cross emergency support volunteers offer life-saving and practical help both during and after the crisis.
Although the Red Cross is a global organisation, we are also part and parcel of community life here in the UK too. In fact, in 2011 the British Red Cross spent around two thirds of its charitable expenditure here in the UK.
To someone who has lost their home in a fire, for example, we can provide safe shelter, clothing and food. Crucially, our volunteers are trained to provide emotional support to help ease the distress of people who might have lost everything.
If someone has an illness or accident, our volunteers help them regain their confidence, independence and dignity by, for example, visiting them at home and providing practical and emotional support.
We offer short-term loans of medical equipment, such as wheelchairs, to people in need. While our community transport schemes help older and disabled people to live active lives. In 2011 we supported over 397,000 people across the UK through these vital services – making a huge difference to people’s lives
A gift in your will can ensure we are there to help people in the UK at their time of greatest need. “I wouldn’t be here in my home at all without the Red Cross.” Walter, 82 Walter was supported by Red Cross volunteer Nicola Davidson, who visited him regularly after he returned home following a lengthy spell in hospital.
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Leaving a gift to the British Red Cross: Your questions answered Q. Why do I need to make a will? A. All of us need to make a will to provide for loved ones after we’ve gone, and to make sure our wishes are carried out. Otherwise promises you have made may not be carried out, your wishes may be disregarded, and you may leave your loved ones with a legal and financial mess to sort out. Q. I already have a will, so why should I change it? A. There are many reasons why you may need to look at your will every few years to ensure it still meets your needs. For example, your marital and family circumstances may have changed – in which case it could be vital to change your will to protect your loved ones.
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Q. How do I go about making or changing my will?
Please keep this document in a safe place together with your will
A. The first step is to talk to a solicitor who can help you draw up your will or change your existing will. The Will Planner on the British Red Cross website – at redcross. org.uk/legacy – can help you prepare for your meeting with the solicitor. For a printed copy call 0844 412 2848.
Please ensure that you sign this form in the presence of two independent witnesses. The following people cannot witness your codicil: • Your executor • Your executor’s spouse • A beneficiary of your will • A beneficiary’s spouse I (full name) ______________________________________________________________________ of (full address) ___________________________________________________________________
One simple way of changing your will is to use a codicil – an additional instruction that you can add to your existing will. If you would like to leave a gift to the British Red Cross to help you do this we have attached a codicil form on the facing page. Once completed, the codicil should be kept in a safe place together with your will.
________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________ Postcode______________________ declare this to be the (1st/2nd/3rd/other) _____________________________________________ codicil to my will dated and made (date)_______________________________________________ I give, free of inheritance tax, the sum of £_____________________________________________ to the British Red Cross Society, of 44 Moorfields, London EC2Y 9AL registered charity numbers 220949 (England and Wales) SC037738 (Scotland), absolutely for its general charitable purposes and I declare that the receipt of the treasurer or other proper officer for the time being shall be a sufficient discharge to my executors. In all other respects I confirm my said will. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand this Photos: © Layton Thompson (BRC); Yannis Behrakis (REUTERS)
You may also simply change your mind about whom you want to benefit. Fortunately it isn’t difficult or expensive to change your will.
Around £1 in every £4 donated to the British Red Cross comes from legacies. That’s why it is crucial that today’s supporters remember us in their wills, so that the British Red Cross has the funds it needs to continue saving and changing lives in the future.
________________________ (day) of _________________________________ (month) 20________ This is my 1st/2nd/3rd/other __________ codicil to the will: Testator’s signature:_________________________________________ Signed in the presence of: First Witness
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How a gift will help A world without the Red Cross would be unthinkable. Leaving a gift in your will can help to ensure that the Red Cross is always ready, always there, in future years.
I want to help the Red Cross save and change lives for many years to come. Confidential reply form It will be really helpful if you can let us know that you have left a gift to the British Red Cross in your will or that you intend to do so. It will give us confidence that we will be able to continue with our life-saving, life-changing work in future years. It will also mean that we can thank you properly and keep you up to date with our work. Please complete the form below in complete confidence.
Title (Mr, Mrs, Ms, Other)_________________ First name____________________________ Surname____________________________________________________________________ Address____________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________ Postcode____________________________ Telephone___________________________________________________________________
What wording should I use to leave a gift to the British Red Cross?
(Please tick) I have already left a gift to the British Red Cross in my will. I now intend to leave a gift to the British Red Cross in my will. I am considering leaving a gift to the British Red Cross but have not yet made up my mind.
For a residuary gift
For a pecuniary gift
The British Red Cross is unlikely to be included in my will.
I give free of inheritance tax x% of my residuary estate to the British Red Cross Society of 44 Moorfields, London, EC2Y 9AL, registered charity numbers 220949 (England and Wales) and SC037738 (Scotland), absolutely for its general charitable purposes and I declare that the receipt of the treasurer or other proper officer for the time being shall be a sufficient discharge to my executors.
I give free of inheritance tax ÂŁX to The British Red Cross Society of 44 Moorfields, London, EC2Y 9AL, registered charity numbers 220949 (England and Wales) and SC037738 (Scotland) for its general charitable purposes and I declare that the receipt of the treasurer or other proper officer for the time being shall be a sufficient discharge to my executors.
Please detach and return the completed form in an envelope to: Legacy Dept, Freepost RLSA-ZBST-LLZX, British Red Cross, 44 Moorfields, London EC2Y 9AL (FREEPOST means you do not need a stamp) Can we help? If you have any queries please email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit redcross.org.uk/legacy I would like to speak to someone at the Red Cross about leaving a gift in my will. Please call me on telephone number__________________________________________
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Your solicitor or other professional adviser will help you with the wording of your gift, but here is an example of some wording you might use: