Leaving TASC a gift in your Will | TASC The Ambulance Staff Charity

Leaving TASC a gift in your Will

Leaving a gift in your Will is a generous and caring way to support our cause and leave a lasting legacy for the UK’s lifesavers when they are struggling with their mental, physical or financial wellbeing.

Ambulance staff represent the very best of us.

At TASC we’re passionate about caring for those who care for us and our team members and volunteers are working tirelessly to ensure the UK’s lifesaving ambulance community is strong, healthy and ready to be there when we need them. By remembering us in your Will, you’ll help our teams be there to care for ambulance staff and their family members during their time of need for years to come. Here are a few more reasons why it’s worth considering TASC when making a Will:

Supporting the UK's ambulance community

We’re the only national UK charity exclusively supporting the wellbeing of UK ambulance staff, their family members and ambulance service volunteers.

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Leave TASC a gift in your Will and help support the mental health of the ambulance community

Our origins start all the way back in 1986 as the Ambulance Benevolent Fund which was created out of a passion to support the financial wellbeing of the UK’s ambulance staff. That passion still exists today, but now we’re also dedicated to supporting their physical and mental wellbeing too

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Supporting the UK's ambulance community

In 2019/20, our team spent almost 900 hours on the phone talking to people in crisis and demand for our services is growing year-on-year.

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The type of gifts in your Will you can leave

When making your will, there are different types of gifts or “bequests” you can leave to charity including:

 

Pecuniary requests
These are gifts of specific amounts of money e.g. £100, £500, £2,000 etc.

Residual bequests
These gifts are portions of your entire estate value once the funeral costs and any debts have been paid. For example, if your entire estate is worth £100,000 and you leave 2% to charity, your legacy gift will be £2,000. Many people choose leave residual gifts to charity as it ensures their family are taken care of first.

Specific bequests
These gifts are specific items, such as jewellery, paintings, vehicles, or heirlooms which the charity can auction off to raise money.

Free Will Writing Service

A Will is one of the most important documents you will ever own, however statistics show that 66% of people don’t have a Will.  If you’d like to make a Will, our corporate partner, Wills & Legal Services Ltd, is offering their will-writing services for free in exchange for a suggested donation of £40 to TASC.

If you’d like to learn more about this offer, please call 01885 490 380 or email info@willslegalservices.co.uk quoting TASC The Ambulance Staff Charity.

Useful links

Remember a Charity in your Will week

Information about dying without a Will – UK government website

Inheritance tax – UK government website

Myths around leaving a gift to charity in your Will

  • You need to be wealthy to make a difference.

    Any donation we receive makes a difference to the people we support and we’re thankful for anything you can give. As an example, the average amount given to charities each month is £45, a £45 donation to TASC would:

    • help four people receive online advice and support for anxiety, stress, or other wellbeing topics

    OR

    • give an hour of physiotherapy to someone after they were injured in the line of duty

    OR

    • provide 55 mins of mental health support for someone struggling with trauma or PTSD

    Small amounts can have a big impact.

  • Gifts get taxed

    Currently, there’s a 40% inheritance tax (IHT) that applies to the proportion of your estate valued above £325,000, or £650,000 for married couples.

    However, leaving money to charity in your will isn’t taxed and doesn’t count towards the taxable value of your estate. What’s more is if you leave 10% or more of the value of your total estate to charity, the tax on the rest of your estate will go down from 40% to 36%. This means you could support the charity of your choice while helping your loved ones by reducing the amount of tax they would have to pay.

    For example:

    • if your estate was worth £400,000 at the time of your death, and you chose to leave all of this to a loved one, the IHT due would be £30,000 (40% of the amount over your £325,000 threshold).
    • However, if you leave £40,000 (or 10% of your total estate) to TASC and the remainder to same loved one, the IHT due falls to 36% of the £35,000 over the threshold. This cuts the IHT bill to £12,600 and in the process, you’ll be leaving a legacy by supporting a  cause that makes a real different to people’s lives.
  • I can only leave a gift to one charity

    If you have several causes that are close to your heart, you can leave a gift in your will to as many as you like. You can also specify what you would like to leave, for example a portion of your total estate, an amount of money or even a specific item such as jewellery or a painting.

  • Once I’ve made a Will I can’t change it

    You can update your Will at any time. Any changes to your Will are called a codicil – an official alteration. You may want to update your Will if you get married, separated, have children or grandchildren, or are buying your first home.

  • Making a will is complicated and long-winded

    Thanks to a number of legal services allowing you to make a Will from the comfort of your own home, the process is relatively quick and painless, but preparation is key. Before sitting down to make a Will you need to know a few things:

    • The total value of your estate, including properties or land you own, the contents of your home, any valuable belongings like jewellery or paintings and the value of any investments, pensions, or savings
    • Details of any debts you currently have, such as a mortgage or credit card debt
    • If you have children under 18 years old, who would you like to care for them?
    • Who would you like to be the executor of your will i.e. the person or persons responsible for making sure the terms of your will are met. You can have more than one executor
    • What bequests you would like to make and who you would like to leave them to:
      • Pecuniary requests are sums of money i.e. £1,000
      • Residual bequests is the whole value of the estate or a percentage of it
      • Specific bequests are for specific items, such as jewellery or heirlooms

    If you would like to leave TASC something in your Will, you will also need our details:

    TASC, The Ambulance Staff Charity
    12 Ensign Business Centre, Westwood Way, Coventry, CV4 8JA.
    Charity number: 1163538 (England and Wales) / SC046384 (Scotland)

    Once you’re happy with your Will, you just need to sign it in front of two independent witnesses, and ask them to sign it as well.

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