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Leave a Gift in Your Will

Can you make a difference by leaving a legacy to the College?

As a charity, the College strives to make significant progress and breakthroughs in the world of surgery and by choosing to leave us a legacy in your will you can have direct impact on the future of surgery and the patients it saves. We rely on the support we receive in the form of legacy gifts from people who share in our aims and concerns.

Past legacies have enabled us to purchase essential equipment and support a range of projects in education and research. If you wish, your legacy can be used in a particular area of surgical healthcare that has been of interest or concern to you, or you can leave an unspecified gift which will allow us to direct funds to areas of particular need or priority.

The Reverend Albert Pomfret legacy

A legacy of £20,000 for heart research from the estate of the late Reverend Albert Pomfret of Hitchin enabled us to award a research grant to Miss Ruth Benson MRCS titled ‘Does aneurysm surgery lead to cognitive decline?' at St George’s Hospital, University of London.

The Iris J Haddock legacy

A legacy of over £400,000 from the late Mrs Iris Haddock pledged to Education and Training at the College supported projects across the organisation including;

  • Review of Current Awareness Service – sponsor Library and Information Services 
  • A Training Fellowship in Histology – sponsor Museums and Archives
  • A Digital Strategy for Education – sponsor Education
  • Surgical Workforce Development Strategy – sponsor Professional and Clinical Standards
  • Leadership and Teamworking – sponsor Professional and Clinical Standards & Education
  • Clinical Leadership for Trainees – sponsor Research

The Jeremy H Baron Legacy

Thanks to Mr Jeremy Baron's pecuniary legacy of £1,000 in support of Women in Surgery (WinS) we will be able to pay for five local women to attend surgery networking events.

These events will be aimed primarily at medical students providing opportunities for students to meet and talk to women surgical trainees and consultants about their careers and their lives, as well as providing practical information and surgical skills.

Our research has shown that a lack of visible female role models is one of the main reasons women do not pursue careers in surgery, so these kinds of events, where students can meet women happily pursuing surgical careers, are vital. 

Types of legacy

There are several different kinds of gifts you can leave in your will. The most common are described below.

Leave a share of your estate

You may wish to leave us all or part of what is left of your estate after other gifts and debts have been paid. This type of gift (known as a residuary bequest) is easy to add to an existing will without interfering with any specific sums you have left to family or friends. It also has the advantage that it will not be eroded in value by inflation over the years.

Leave a fixed sum of money

You may wish to leave us a stated sum of money. With this kind of gift (known as a pecuniary bequest), it is wise to remember that the value of money changes over the years, and you may need to alter your will periodically to keep up with inflation.

Leave a specific item of value

You may wish to leave us a particular item (known as a specific bequest), which can be sold to support the College’s aims. It could be property or an item of value such as an antique or a piece of jewellery.

Donations in memory

You may wish to specify that if friends/relatives make a donation in your memory that it should be to The Royal College of Surgeons of England.

Why create a will?

Without a will

  • The law dictates the distribution of your estate. Your possessions may not pass entirely to your next of kin or spouse, but may be divided among relatives you didn’t intend to benefit.
  • If you die without a will and any surviving relatives, the government will take everything that you own.
  • This may cause unnecessary worry and delay for your family in settling your estate.

If you make a will…

  • You may well be able to spare your family the burden of inheritance tax.
  • You can never take for granted that your wishes will be carried out after your death. Only by making a will can you ensure that your wishes are legally binding.

When making your will there are several things to be considered:

  • Making a list of your assets
  • Thinking about the way in which you want to divide your estate
  • Thinking about who to appoint as execute

Update your will

It's vital to review your will regularly to ensure that it reflects your current wishes and circumstances. For instance, you may need to change your will if you have got married, divorced, moved house or there has been a death of a friend or family member.

How can we help?

If you would like further information on how to go about leaving a bequest please contact us using the details below. We would advise that anyone making or updating a will should get in touch with a practising solicitor who can help you to do this.

We'd love to talk to you about supporting our work...



Telephone 020 7869 6086 to talk with a member of our fundraising team

Office hours are Monday to Friday, 9am - 5pm.

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