How to Leave a Gift in Your Will

Leaving a gift in your will is one of the biggest personal differences you can make to help people living with mental health problems and dementia.

It won’t cost you anything now, but your gift will live on long into the future.

How to leave a gift in your will step-by-step

  • Calculate the value of your assets and deduct any debt you may have.
  • Decide who will be named as your executors
  • Choose the family and friends you’d like to remember
  • Consider whether you would like to leave a gift to charity. If you choose BLG Mind remember to include our registered charity number: 1082972
  • Visit your local solicitors to write your will or you can write a simple Will online. Make your Will for FREE by using our free Will service.
  • Keep a copy of your will in a safe place and if you are happy to, share your intentions with us via fundraising@blgmind.org.uk.
  • We recommend you get a solicitor to help you with your will. You can find out how to find a solicitor here.
  • Request a Free Will Guide
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Each year, 1 in 4 people in the UK experience a mental health problem.

2,000,000

By 2050, two million people will have dementia – more than twice as many as have it now.

How Your Gift Can Help

Every year, around 7,000 people in the local community turn to us for support with mental health problems and dementia.

We are here today to help and improve the lives of all those locally who need us but the demands and pressures on both our mental health and dementia services are set to increase. Knowing that we can count on gifts in Wills in years to come means we’ll be able to plan ahead to help us meet the growing need.

"She was able to constantly reassure me and she was very understanding to my feelings and concerns."
Anon

Your gift could help change the lives of future generations in so many ways.

£4,000

could help pay for 20 new mums struggling with their mental health and the challenges of being a new parent, to benefit from a programme of per support groups and one-to-one help so they don’t have to cope alone.

£13,000

would enable us to give 10 families in the community a much needed break once a week for 6 months, while their loved one is cared for and engaged in activities in their home.

£26,000

could run our counselling programme for 6 months providing a safe and confidential lifeline of support.

Gift in Wills FAQs

  • How can I ensure my gift goes locally to Bromley, Lewisham & Greenwich Mind?

    If you are kindly choosing to leave a gift to BLG Mind in your will, please ensure you specify the following details.

    Official Charity Name: Bromley, Lewisham & Greenwich Mind
    Address: Anchor House, 5 Station Road, Orpington, BR6 0RZ
    Registered Charity number: 1082972

  • What if I already have a Will, can I amend it?

    Yes, you can. You need to add a codicil, a separate document that is kept with your Will. Your solicitor can let you know how to do this. Do not write anything on your Will itself, as this could invalidate it.

  • I already have a will. Do I need to review it?

    It’s a good idea to review your Will from time to time to make sure it reflects any changes in your family or personal circumstances, like marriage or divorce, the birth of children or grandchildren, or coming into an inheritance. Or you may decide to remember a cause close to your heart, like Bromley, Lewis ham & Greenwich Mind.

    It is also important to check if your estate is affected by inheritance tax as laws around this can change.

  • What’s the best way to remember BLG Mind in my Will?

    The best way to benefit a charity is often with a residuary legacy. Giving in this way means your gift will not decrease in value due to inflation and can therefore make your legacy go further and benefit more people. Your solicitor or Will writer will be able to advise you on the best option for your circumstances and recommended wording to discuss with them is available.

    You can also request  or download our FREE Will Guide, which also provides you with some recommended wording.

  • Do I need a solicitor?

    We advise you to consult a solicitor whether you are making or changing your Will. If you already have a will, it’s important to keep it updated to reflect any changes in your circumstances. You can find a solicitor in your area at www.lawsociety.org.uk or call 020 7320 5650 (Mon-Fri 9:00-17:30).

  • What is I want my gift to go to a specific service or area?

    If you would like your gift to go to a specific service, for example mental health or dementia, you can ask you solicitor to express this as a wish in your will.

  • Can I specify funeral requests in my Will

    Yes, your solicitor can help you specify the type of funeral you wish to have and include any special instructions. For example you may like to ask people to make donation to a charity in lieu of flowers. Find out more about Giving in Memory

  • Do you offer a free will Service ?

    Yes we able to offer a free simple will both through an online service through Guardian Angels or face to face or over the phone through local solicitor Grant Saw.  You can find out more and register here

  • Should I let BLG Mind know my decision?

    We appreciate that leaving a gift in your Will is very personal and it’s entirely up to you. We understand the content of your Will is a very private matter. However if you could let us know, whatever your decision, we’d be very grateful. It will allow us to communicate with you in the best way, and to say a very big thank you if you have chosen to remember us. Any information you provide will be treated in the strictest confidence, will not be shared with third parties and is not legally binding. You can email us fundraising@blgmind.org.uk or call  our Fundraising Manager on 07764 967925 or fill in the enquiry form below.