Transforming the lives of our young patients and their families.
At Alder Hey Children’s Charity, gifts in wills left by our kind supporters are transforming the lives of our young patients and their families.
These special gifts help us develop crucial new treatments, fund state-of-the-art medical equipment and create magical ward experiences during a child’s time at Alder Hey.
As an NHS charity our funds come entirely from donations, events and gifts in wills contributed by a nation of caring people – people just like you, who want to leave a parting gift that will create a brighter future for the next generation. If you’re considering this wonderful gesture, then thank you!
Or ask your smart speak to “Open Alder Hey” or “Talk to Alder Hey”.
What gifts in wills can do
Daniel’s first few years of life were like any other toddler’s – full of energy and happiness at home in Ormskirk. At aged three, mum Rosalind and dad Colin noticed a change in Daniel’s behaviour. He wasn’t the same happy-go-lucky toddler he used to be. Daniel was taken to A&E where doctors discovered Daniel had a brain tumour the size of a fist. Daniel was rushed straight to Alder Hey, a centre of excellence for brain conditions
Once at Alder Hey, Daniel was taken straight to theatre where he underwent a life-saving operation. The next day Professor Mallucci successfully managed to remove the whole of Daniel’s tumour and after two weeks in Alder Hey Daniel went home.
The success of Daniel’s treatment was made possible by the use of Alder Hey’s 3-T MRI scanner, a pioneering piece of equipment that allows surgeons to scan the brain whilst in theatre.
Alder Hey is the first hospital in Europe to have this technology, which was fully funded by Alder Hey Children’s Charity.
More inspiring stories - Audrey
During her lifetime, Audrey Griffiths experienced the magic of Alder Hey on two occasions.
Her daughter, Elizabeth, was admitted to Alder Hey as a toddler and successfully overcame a health issue. Years later, Madog, the son of a close family friend was diagnosed with leukaemia aged 2. Madog, now 7, was successfully treated at Alder Hey, and at the time of Audrey’s passing in early 2020, he was ‘out of the woods’ and now attends the hospital for check-ups twice a year.
Click here to read about how mum Audrey experienced the magic of Alder Hey when daughter Elizabeth was admitted as a toddler.
Our promise to you
We recognise that any gift you choose to leave in your will is special, this is why we are proud to make the below promises to you. When you leave a gift in your will to Alder Hey Children’s Charity we:
- Promise to use your gift wisely
- Realise you might want your gift used in a special way
- Recognise that those closest to you come first
- Understand that you might have to change your mind due to a change in personal circumstances
- Will never put pressure on you to leave a gift in your will
- Will treat you and your next of kin sensitively and with respect and gratitude
If you’ve never had a will, the idea of having one created may seem like a daunting prospect.
We understand that everyone is different. That’s why we have partnered with trusted solicitors and will-writers to help you to write your will for free. We’ve answered many of the queries and questions people have about wills in our FAQs section at the bottom of this page.
Should you have any questions, please do get in touch with our Legacy Manager, Zoë Viney-Griffiths, who will be more than happy to provide any information or reassurance you need.
Frequently asked questions
IF I ALREADY HAVE A WILL DO I NEED TO MAKE A NEW ONE?
You may be able to record any changes simply by adding a codicil or a letter of wishes to your current will, although it is best to check with a solicitor.
CAN I WRITE MY OWN WILL?
You can write your own will, but we recommend using a qualified solicitor to make a new will or amend an existing one. Using a solicitor will give you peace of mind that your will is valid and legally sound, and that your wishes will be met. Whilst you may have your own solicitor, Alder Hey Children’s Charity is partnered with several who can start the process for you, possibly even for free - see above for details.
HOW DO I WRITE MY WILL?
- Create a list of what to leave and to whom
- Choose and ask at least two people you trust to be executors
- Speak to a solicitor or will-writing expert to have your will drawn up
- Keep your will safe and secure (ideally with your solicitor)
- Let your family know if you’ve included Alder Hey Children’s Charity in your will
WHO DO YOU RECOMMEND I WRITE MY WILL WITH?
Guardian Angel offer a quick and easy service where each Will is checked over by a legal expert. Click here to claim your FREE Will online then simply use the voucher code ‘ALDERHEY-FREE’. Guardian Angel also offers telephone and face to face Will writing services for supporters who would rather speak to a solicitor. To find out more call the team on 0800 773 4014
Farewill is the largest Will writer in the UK and has won multiple awards for its service, including National Will Writing Firm of the Year 2019 and 2020. You can access a FREE online Will by using the code 'ALDERHEY-FAMILY' by clicking here. To use the telephone Will service via Farewill you can request a call back by clicking here.
Accord have a national network of around 250 advisors and can provide Wills via telephone, Skype, Zoom and also home visits making the process as convenient as possible. Accord we are proud to partner with Alder Hey Children’s Charity as a FREE Will writing partner. All consultations are tailored to the individual’s needs and you will be guided through the process of making a Will with a qualified expert estate planning consultant. Email [email protected] to arrange an appointment.
Exclusive September offer with MSB Solicitors - MSB Solicitors have a reputation for being one of the most trusted law firms in the North West. To arrange an appointment at one of their Liverpool branches, or via telephone or video appointment, email Robert Lee on [email protected] or call 0151 281 9040
HOW DO I INCLUDE A GIFT TO ALDER HEY CHILDREN’S CHARITY IN MY WILL?
A solicitor can advise you as to what type of gift you may wish to leave, but as a starting point you can provide them with our address and registered charity number.
Our registered charity number is 1160661 and our registered address is Alder Hey Children's Charity, Eaton Road, Liverpool L12 2AP.
IS TAX PAYABLE ON MY DONATION?
Any gift you make to us or any UK charity is free of inheritance tax.