We understand that making a will is a very personal decision and your loved ones come first.
Some people do choose to leave a gift to a cause that is close to them or their loved ones. Choosing to leave a gift in your will to Diabetes Ireland can make a massive difference to those living in Ireland with diabetes and bring us nearer to a cure. A gift, no matter how big or small can help us make a difference.
Diabetes Ireland is the national charity dedicated to helping people by providing care, education, support and motivation to the 225,000 Irish people affected by diabetes and their families and those at risk of developing diabetes. Diabetes Ireland also raises public awareness of diabetes, its symptoms, risk factors for type 2 diabetes and funds research into finding a cure for diabetes.
We are a registered charity that is very heavily dependent on voluntary donations to fund its services. The charity was established in 1967 and today provides a full range of services to the diabetes community.
Previous gifts have enabled us to open two Diabetes Care Centres in Dublin and Cork and we hope to open more in the future. Our Care Centres offer rapid and easy access to professional footcare, eyecare, dietetic and counselling services.
The Centres also act as a local resource for people seeking support and information on the many facets of diabetes. It is especially important for those newly diagnosed who may be waiting on their first hospital appointment and for those living with the condition for years who may need some additional support to manage their condition more effectively.
How to Leave A Gift in Your Will
As a first step and before you do anything, we suggest that you talk to your family first about your plans. You should also consult your solicitor for advice and to discuss your options.
The language used in wills can sometimes be a bit off-putting, but behind the legal language it is actually quite simple.
There are two main types of gift you can leave:
- You can leave some, or all, of what’s left over after you make provision for your loved ones.
2. You can leave a specific amount of money, or item of value.
Below is an explanation of each type of gift and an example of the wording you can use in your will.
Residuary Gift (what resides of your estate)
If you decide to leave a gift of all or what’s left of your estate, this is called a RESIDUARY GIFT. To leave a RESIDUARY GIFT in your will, you can use the following wording:
“I give to Diabetes Ireland, of 19 Northwood House, Northwood Business Campus, Santry, Dublin D09 DH30, all (or a fraction) of the residue of my estate whatsoever and wheresoever, and I direct that the receipt of the Treasurer or other officer for the time being of the said Organisation shall be a full and sufficient discharge of the same.”
Pecuniary Gift (a certain amount of money)
If you decide to leave a gift of a certain amount of money, or item, this is called a PECUNIARY GIFT.
To leave a PECUNIARY GIFT in your will, you can use the following wording:
“I give the sum of € ________, or I bequeath (the item specified) to Diabetes Ireland, of 19 Northwood House, Northwood Business Campus, Santry, Dublin D09 DH30, and I direct that the Treasurer or other proper officer for the time being of the said Organisation shall be proper and sufficient discharge of the same.”
What if you already have a will?
If you already have a will and wish to amend it to include a gift to Diabetes Ireland you can use a codicil form to do so. A codicil changes or amends a will. Please do consult your solicitor before completing a codicil.
For more information on making a will, you can read our ‘Leaving a Legacy for Living’ booklet. To speak in total confidence, without obligation about the possibilities of leaving a legacy to Diabetes Ireland, please contact Kieran on 01 8428118 or email [email protected].
Updated July 2020