Leave the gift of a lifetime and let your legacy live on through doing something remarkable for UK families.

With the generosity of our supporters choosing to leave us a gift in their will, we're able to transform so many young lives forever - meaning our supporters can have a lasting impact long into the future.

If  you'd like our fundraising team to send you a legacy pack please get in touch with us on 0151 252 5785. There are, of course, no obligations.

"Every day I'm fortunate to see first-hand the incredible impact of donations, whatever their size. Without crucial support from donors, many of the life-saving facilities and innovations here simply could not be realised. Alder Hey will continue to be here for tomorrow's children and I want to see our children's hospital continue to offer the very best possible environment and facilities, both for those with straightforward conditions and for the very complex. The photo you see on this page is me with Kaitlin, a patient I treated only recently. I hope you'll see how considering Alder Hey in your Will can make a huge difference to the lives of the remarkable children we care for."

By Conor Mallucci, Consultant Paediatric Neurosurgeon

An example - Gwyneth and Arthur's legacy

Gwyneth and Arthur Harrison married in 1947 when Arthur returned from serving in the army in India during the Second World War.

Arthur resumed his career as a Civil Servant and was awarded the Imperial Service Order in recognition of his outstanding contribution to public service. Sadly, Gwyneth and Arthur were unable to have children of their own but Gwyneth was a remarkable teacher working for many years as Deputy Head.

Following Arthur's death in 2004, Gwyneth decided to donate to a number of charities. Having watched Children's Hospital on television, Arthur had been very moved by the stories of poorly children. Gwyneth decided to make a donation in his memory to Alder Hey and visited the hospital to find out how her money helped.

Gwyneth was delighted to learn that her first donation had been used to purchase equipment for premature babies. It inspired her to continue to make annual donations until her death in 2011 at the age of 91. Following her death, Alder Hey Children's Charity was very touched to receive a substantial gift from Gwyneth's estate.

Frequently asked questions

Supporters who consider leaving something to us in their Will usually do so in one of three ways:

1) A residual legacy allows you to leave Alder Hey a share of your estate, once you have worked out what you're leaving to your loved ones

2) A pecuniary legacy allows you to leave us any fixed sum of your choosing

3) A specific item means you can leave anything you think may be of some value to Alder Hey when sold - this could be jewellery or antiques for example.

Charity wills can seem a little complicated, but at Alder Hey, we’re happy to answer any questions you might have about donating to charity in your will. We’d like to thank you for considering Alder Hey when it comes to your will for charity donation – you’ll be making a huge difference to the lives of the children who need us. For more information about donating using any of the above three ways, please get in touch today.

It is entirely up to you whether you choose to inform us or not. We would love to know if we have been included so we can thank you for your generosity and keep you updated on developments here at Alder Hey. As with all the information that our donors share with us, this information would be treated in the strictest of confidence. We do though understand that  your will is private and should you choose to include us in your will it is not compulsory that you must tell a beneficiary that they are included, and we of course respect any decision that you make in relation to your estate planning. If you are wondering how to donate to charity in your will, then simply choose how you would like to do it (whether that’s a fixed sum of money or you’re generously leaving a share of your estate) and state it in your official will documents. We do not need to know that you have done this should you wish to remain anonymous or not discuss it with us first but by all means get in touch and inform us of your intentions, if you so wish. As you may know, Alder Hey Children’s Charity relies on the generosity of the general public to continue to develop technology to treat children from all over the UK who need us most, and with your donations, you will be supporting this cause.

Your gift will be used to fund life-saving medical equipment, research and much more - why not read about our work?

If you  decide to donate to charity in your will and have decided, after reading about charity wills, that we are your chosen charity, then you will be making a huge, positive difference to helping Alder Hey Children’s Hospital to continue to do the amazing work that it does, saving the lives of children in the UK. Every year, Alder Hey cares for 330, 000 patients and families and rely on donations to fund life-saving medical equipment and facilities – purchases that your money will go towards. Not only does charity will writing for Alder Hey enables us to buy equipment and develop our hospital, it also enables us to provide emotional support to our patients and their families, to ensure that their time in hospital is as comfortable as possible. As well as brand-new life-changing technology and investment in innovation, the donation that is left in your will can help us to fund programmes for our patients such as ward musicians and on-site magicians which will brighten up a child’s time in our hospital. No matter whether your donation is big or small, just remember that it will go towards improving the lives of children and that every little helps.

As gifts in wills are often realised many years in the future, things can change so we ask donors to allow us to be as flexible as possible as to how we might use these donations. This flexibility enables us to use your gift where it can make the biggest difference at that moment in time, for example if we urgently needed to buy a piece of life-saving equipment. We do though understand that you might want to be more specific as to how your donation is used should you wish to restrict your gift to a department or area, we would encourage you to discuss this with a member of the charity team, as departments names can change, so we can advise a form of words to ensure that your donation is used in line with your wishes.

If you would like to speak with one of our charity team about where you would like your money to go and why, please do not hesitate to get in touch. Whilst we usually make an educated decision about where to use the money that we receive from charity wills, we completely understand that you might have a reason for leaving a gift to a specific area of our work. If this is the case, please get in touch today and we can work together to accommodate your wishes. Once again, we thank you for your generosity.

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