A gift in your will

Alison Robins (centre) sitting in a wheelchair with her parents Joan and Ken smiling on either side of her.Leaving a legacy is easy

Having an up-to-date Will is sensible financial planning. It ensures that your wishes will be carried out once you are no longer there.  Making a Will gives you the peace of mind that you have provided for family, friends and causes that you believe in.

When the time is right for you to draft your Will, and after you have taken care of family and friends, please consider Headway – the brain injury association. We rely on voluntary contributions, including gifts in Wills, to help fund our work supporting families struggling to cope with life after brain injury.

It is easy to include Headway in your Will - simply give your solicitor our charity name and number: Headway – the brain injury association; no. 1025852 {England and Wales} or SC039992 {Scotland}

We have lots of information which can be downloaded (see the Related resources section) such as a useful Will Planner (PDF) to help you prepare all the information needed by your solicitor to draft your Will.

Our list of Frequently asked Questions (PDF) and Glossary of Terms (PDF) are also useful sources of information. If you cannot find the answers to your questions or would like to discuss your plans in more detail please give me a call on 0115 924 0800.

If you have already written a Will and would like to add Headway as a beneficiary you might not need to rewrite your Will completely. A simple document called a Codicil (PDF) can be prepared and appended to your Will by your solicitor.

We offer access to a free Will writing service through our Friends of Headway membership scheme. You do not need to include Headway in your Will to take advantage of this service, but we would be very grateful if you did.

Read about people who have generously supported Headway through gifts in their Wills: Gary Winter’s family were filled with pride when they discovered his wishes and Daniel Lingard’s mother and sister feel that he lives on through the help that he is giving others.

Our Promises to You (PDF) stipulates 6 ways in which Headway will ensure that you are treated correctly and appropriately if you choose to leave a gift to us in your Will. If you do decide to leave us a gift, we would like to be able to thank you properly and keep you up to date on Headway news and developments.  A pledge form (PDF) has also been included to help you do this, although there is no obligation to tell us of your intentions.

Your thoughtfulness now will be very much appreciated by brain injury survivors in years to come.

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"We cried with pride when we read Gary's will"

Gary Winters’ brain injury stripped him of his independence at just 30 years of age. It left him reliant upon his parents, Sarah and Ron, for support until he sadly passed away 19 years later.

When his family came to read his will, they were given a comforting reminder of Gary’s desire to help others.

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