Legacies

Every legacy, large or small, strengthens our capacity and allows RCGP to better plan and deliver our work in primary care. A gift from you in your will enables the College to protect the standard of healthcare services for future generations.

There are sound financial reasons for leaving a gift to charity. Gifts in wills to registered charities are exempt from UK inheritance tax. Furthermore, if leaving more than 10% of your estate to charity, the inheritance tax due may be paid at the reduced rate of 36% instead of 40%. Your solicitor can explain in full such benefits and how they apply to your circumstances.

Supporting specific areas of work

The names of past Members and Fellows live on in the many premier awards and fellowships such as the Fraser Rose medal, the George Abercrombie, John Horder and John Fry awards.

Because the College’s strategic priorities change over time, we prefer if legacies are left for the general purposes of the College. This way we can readily adapt to the changing needs of the profession.

At this time, unrestricted support is critical to the College. Alternatively, bequests to the wider areas of Research, Education, International, or, to build existing endowments, allow us to honour your intentions while giving us some flexibility in deciding how this can best be achieved.

If you do want to leave a gift to a particular area of our work, please consider expressing this as a preference, rather than a condition. The College will do everything it can to honour that preference. Please contact us if you have a specific purpose in mind for your gift. This will ensure that the use of your bequest meets your wishes while supporting the aims of the College.

Whatever the amount, a gift in your will to the College enhances our capacity to make a real difference to the profession and the health outcomes for millions of people.

Types of legacies

We recommend that you make your will in consultation with a solicitor or other professional adviser such as an accountant who is qualified to make wills. 

There are three main types of gifts that you can choose to leave to the Royal College of General Practitioners:

  • Residual legacy – a gift of all or part of the remainder of your estate after legacies and charges have been met
  • Pecuniary legacy – a gift of a specified sum of money
  • Specific legacy – a gift of a particular item, such as a historical document or a painting. It is advisable to speak to the College if considering such a bequest, to make sure the College is a suitable home for the object
  • Reversionary – a gift of an asset, such as a house or a fund that can be enjoyed by a chosen beneficiary during his or her lifetime before reverting to the College.

If you already have a will, adding a codicil allows you to make changes without having to rewrite the entire document. 

If leaving a gift to the College, it’s essential to include our full name, Royal College of General Practitioners and registered charity number 223106, England and Wales, and SC04030, Scotland.

You don’t need to have a large estate to leave a legacy, and a bequest is often the greatest donation a person makes.

Suggested wording

The following are examples of what you need to write in your will if leaving a legacy to the College.  Again, we recommend that you draft your will in consultation with a qualified solicitor. 

For pecuniary or specific legacies

‘I give to the Royal College of General Practitioners of 30 Euston Square, London NW1 2FB (Registered Charity Number 223106, England and Wales, and SC04030, Scotland) the whole (or a X% share) of my residuary estate for its charitable purposes, and I declare that the receipt of the Treasurer or authorised officer will be sufficient discharge to my executor(s).’

Reversionary legacies should be drafted in consultation with a solicitor.

For residuary legacies

‘I give to the Royal College of General Practitioners of 30 Euston Square, London NW1 2FB (Registered Charity Number 223106, England and Wales, and SC04030, Scotland) the whole (or a X% share) of my residuary estate for its charitable purposes, and I declare that the receipt of the Treasurer or authorised officer will be sufficient discharge to my executor(s).’

Reversionary legacies should be drafted in consultation with a solicitor.

Updating your existing will

If you have already made a will, and the only change you want to make is to include a bequest to the College, you can do so by completing a Codicil form.

The Codicil form can be completed at any time and becomes a legal document when signed in the presence of two adult witnesses (not relatives). We recommend you speak to your solicitor or other qualified professional about making such changes.

In order to assist us with our financial planning as well as thank and recognise legators during their lifetime with special events and communications, please tell us if you have decided to leave a bequest to the College.

Any information you provide will be treated in strict confidence and is not legally binding. We respect your privacy and know that it’s a deeply personal decision so there’s no pressure to tell us.

We will be delighted to discuss your legacy to RCGP with you further. Please contact us on 020 3188 7502 or email fundraising@rcgp.org.uk.

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