Frequently asked questions

The following information may help you with any questions you have about leaving a gift in your Will. If you have questions that are not answered here please contact Jay Sheppard on 0117 370 1314 or email jay@pituitary.org.uk for more information.

What about my family and friends?

You will, of course, want to ensure your loved ones are taken care of in your Will. But after you have provided for them, leaving a percentage of what’s left over to The Pituitary Foundation is a wonderful way to help take care of others who will also need support and care in the future. By discussing your intentions with your loved ones, they will understand that leaving a gift in your Will is something that’s important to you. They may feel proud of your decision, as many families do. By choosing to leave even a small percentage, the amount you want to give to your loved ones will always be protected. You may want to leave a fixed amount of money, in which case, a solicitor can advise you on how to plan for inflation. You can also choose to leave your gift in memory of someone special to you – a wonderful way of commemorating how much that person meant to you.

Can I afford to leave a gift in my Will?

Most of us aren’t wealthy, and are also worried that paying for our retirements will eat away at our savings. But however little we might own, we can still choose to support the things we care about. Even small gifts left in Wills can help us give so much support and care. However much you choose to leave, it will make a difference to someone with a pituitary condition many years from now. What’s more, making a gift in your Will could actually reduce the percentage of your estate liable for Inheritance Tax. You can contact a solicitor or a financial advisor to see if this applies to you.

Doesn’t The Pituitary Foundation need my help now, not later?

If you send a gift today, it will help us provide our services today, which is wonderful. And a gift left in your Will can help us ensure people whose lives will be turned upside down by a pituitary diagnosis in the future will still have our support. We’ve been supporting people who are affected by pituitary conditions  for 20 years and the demand for our services continues to increase year on year. We don’t know what the future will bring but as long as pituitary conditions exist, so many people will need our support in years to come and as we continue to increase awareness in the public eye it means that each year more and more pituitary patients are reaching out for our help.

If I decide to leave a gift in my Will, what do I have to do?

If you have decided to leave a gift to The Pituitary Foundation in your Will, thank you so much. Because of you, so many people will have support and care when they need it most – thank you for helping us be there when it matters. Creating or amending a Will to include a gift to The Pituitary Foundation is simple:

Creating a new Will

We advise that you should consult a solicitor when you make a Will, to ensure your wishes are carried out exactly as you’d like. You should also appoint an executor – someone who is responsible for administering your estate and can be either your solicitor or perhaps a family member or friend.

Changing or updating an existing Will

If you already have a Will, you can simply update it by adding a codicil to your Will. A codicil is a supplement to a Will which changes or amends part of that Will. It’s a good idea to review your Will when circumstances change to check that it still reflects your wishes.