Leave a legacy to Blesma
Celebrate your life with a gift to Blesma
Your legacy will enable us to continue to provide unique programmes to limbless and injured veterans, to care for and advocate for the most disabled and infirm, and you can be sure that all your contributions will help support our limbless veterans and their families throughout their lives.
Do something amazing today to help provide for their tomorrow
Founded in 1932, we are the only charity that supports ex-service personnel for the duration of their lives. We believe that when a veteran returns from duty their journey is just beginning, and never more so than when they have lost a limb or an eye or suffered a life-changing injury.
After caring for your family and loved ones, a gift to Blesma will have a big impact. Whatever you decide to leave us, you can be sure that it will be used effectively and help us continue to provide vital support to our members immediately after injuries or amputations.
With your legacy we can continue this vital work.
Free Will Writing Service
Blesma is a member of the National Free Wills Network so we can help you write or amend your will free of charge. It is our pleasure to offer this service to our Members and supporters and to help you remember those close to you.
There is no pressure to remember Blesma in your will, but we hope you will be inspired to do so.
How it works
The National Free Wills Network Blesma enables individuals and couples who support Blesma to have their wills written or amended free of charge, using qualified solicitors local to them.
The free service applies to the writing of simple wills, i.e. wills that do not deal with complex issues. The offer also includes Mirror Wills for couples.
To find out more please contact us on 020 8548 3517 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Why should I leave a gift to Blesma?
You can be sure that any contributions you make will go towards supporting our limbless veterans and their families, for life. Choosing to leave a gift to Blesma will cost you nothing and will not affect you now. Any gifts you choose to leave will be handled sensitively and respectfully.
With your support, as long as there is a service person that has lost a limb, the use of a limb or has lost vision during service or after, we will be there to help them.
- Can I have a say in where my gift is used?
Of course, you can. Tell us what area of our work you would like your gift to support and we will make every effort to see that this happens. Please contact us by phone: 020 8548 3517 or email: email@example.com to discuss this in more detail.
The wishes of our supporters are very important to us, so if you would like to have your loved ones involved in deciding how the money should be spent, we are very happy to help.
- Does the size of my gift matter?
Every gift we receive from all our supporters – large or small – is important to us and contributes towards changing the lives of our Members and their dependants. Even a small percentage of your estate can make a big difference to us, whilst safeguarding both your intentions and your loved one’s interests.
- What if I change my mind?
You can change your mind about a gift in your Will at any time.
- What will it cost to write a Will?
The National Free Wills Network enables individuals and couples who support Blesma to have their Will(s) written or amended free of charge, using qualified solicitors local to them.
The free service applies to the writing of ‘Simple Wills’, in other words Wills that do not deal with complex issues. The offer also includes ‘Mirror Wills’ for couples.
- What types of gifts in Wills are there?
There are three different types of legacies you can leave Blesma: Residuary, Pecuniary, and Specific.
A residuary is the sum of money left after your specific requests have been made and the debts, tax and costs paid.
A pecuniary legacy is a gift of a specified sum of money.
A specific legacy is a gift of a particular item such as jewellery, shares, or antiques.
- What information will I need to give my Solicitor?
All bequests should be left to Blesma and must use our registered charity numbers 1084189 and SC010315 and the correct registered address: British Limbless Ex-Servicemen Association, 115 New London Road, Chelmsford, CM2 0QT
Your solicitor will advise on the specific wording you need to use for different types of gifts.
- What if I want to change my Will?
If you already have a Will and wish to leave a gift to aid the work we do you can download the ‘Leaving Your Legacy to Blesma’ leaflet which includes a Codicil Form, just place it with the original version of your Will. You will not need to prepare a new Will, but it’s worth advising your next of kin of your decision.
If you do not have a Will or would prefer to amend your Will using the expertise of a solicitor, you can arrange this through our Free Will Writing Service.
- What about inheritance tax?
In order to review your personal tax situation, we recommend that you consult your solicitor when making changes to your Will.
The government sets the inheritance tax threshold, so this is subject to change. If your estate is liable to attract inheritance tax, leaving a gift to charity can have the effect of reducing the overall tax burden on family and friends.
- Do I need to let you know if I decide to leave a gift in my will?
You don’t have to tell us your decision; although we’d love to have the opportunity to say thank you.