Leave a gift in your will

 

Make a difference to not only the health of children and young people but improve their experience whilst in our care.

By leaving a gift to the John Hunter Children’s Hospital (no matter the size) you are providing vital funding which will allow us to purchase much needed state-of-the-art equipment allowing our doctors and staff to provide better care and treatment to our young patients.

Your gift will also enable the Children’s Hospital to provide vital services and support to families in their time of need.

In addition it is our vision that the John Hunter Children’s Hospital and our regional hospitals be refurbished to reflect a child friendly environment to further enhance recovery but also offer an escape from what can sometimes be a tough reality.
 

How to leave a bequest in your Will: 

When writing your Will it is important to first consider your loved ones, once this is done leaving a bequest to the John Hunter Children’s Hospital is a very meaningful way to support Children, Young People and Families.

You can either include the bequest when writing your Will, or add a clause to your existing Will by adding a codicil or updating your Will. It is highly recommended that you seek professional legal advice to ensure your wishes are recorded in a legally binding way. 
 

Types of bequests and recommended wording

Residual bequest

This is simply a gift of whatever is left of your estate (or a percentage thereof) after all your other gifts, taxes and debts have been fulfilled, giving you the comfort of knowing that your loved ones will be provided for whilst also providing your support to the sick children we care for.  Residuary bequests retain their value over the years, regardless of inflation, as they are not specific amounts of money.

I give, devise and bequeath to [name of facility eg John Hunter Children's Hospital] free from all duties, the following ______ percentage OR the remainder of my estate and direct that the receipt of the Executive Director for the time being will be a sufficient discharge to my trustees.

Pecuniary bequest

This is gift of a set dollar amount determined by you at the time of drawing up or altering your Will.

I give devise and bequeath to [name of facility eg John Hunter Children's Hospital] free from all duties, the following $______ amount and direct that the receipt of the Executive Director for the time being will be a sufficient discharge to my trustees.


Specific bequest

This is a gift of an item of specific value to be passed onto John Hunter Children’s Hospital in order to generate funds eg real estate, artwork, jewellery

I give, devise and bequeath to [name of facility eg John Hunter Children's Hospital] free from all duties, the following _________ item/s and direct that the receipt of the Executive Director for the time being will be a sufficient discharge to my trustees.


Can I leave my gift to a specific hospital or unit?

Untied funds are most beneficial to our organisation as these allow us to care for all our patients and services equally we understand that you may have a personal connection with a particular hospital, program or unit. We are therefore more than willing to accept gifts specifically.

If leaving a bequest to a specific area please ensure that this is reflected in your Will, it is recommended that you seek professional legal advice to ensure your wishes are met.


I have left a gift, now what?

On behalf of not only our children's services but the many patients and families who will benefit from your generosity thank you!

You are now a part of a very special group of people who are committed to making a difference to the lives of sick children and we would love to keep in contact with you and invite you to exclusive events and tours of the facility/ies you have donated to.

If you have left a gift in your Will please advise the Fundraising Team (02) 4921 4492, we would love to meet you and understand your intentions to ensure your wishes are met.

If you have any questions or need any assistance please do not hesitate to contact Kiera Wray, Fundraising Officer on (02) 4921 4494 or Kiera.Wray@hnehealth.nsw.gov.au.