You can continue to help us after you have gone by leaving us a legacy. Sadly, the need for our support will be necessary as long as there are brutal and oppressive regimes in the world, but with your help we can go on helping those who are brave enough to speak up for themselves and others.
Legacies have enabled us do great things over the years. One in particular allowed us to set-up a special post-graduate funding scheme for refugee professionals to requalify after being forced into exile which evolved into our extremely successful Bursaries Fund. The following thank you letter from one of our successful bursary candidates shows just how life-changing this kind of grant can be:
“I would like to express my deepest gratitude for the generous grant you have given me to start my research degree at London University. This money will enable me to pay the fees for one year, pay for books, stationery and transport. I feel very enthusiastic now to start my studies and embark on the difficult task of collecting my data and conducting the long-awaited interviews. After seven years of looking for funds, I am finally able to fulfil my dream and feel as someone of value and not a victim any more. I hope that on completion of my work, I will be qualified to work in a field related to alleviating the injustices inflicted upon women worldwide.”
As a long-term supporter, you may have a particular area of our work that you would like to fund and we would be happy to accommodate any particular interests you may have.
How to Leave a Legacy
Draw up a list of all your possessions, including property and the contents of your house. Decide how you would like to divide these possessions among your family and friends. Then decide if you have anything left over to help your favourite charitable causes in the future.
Contact your solicitor, bank manager or financial advisor and ask him/her to draw up a will. A will can typically cost approximately £100 (plus VAT), but ask for a written estimate of the cost beforehand. Your professional advisor will then draw up accurately what you would like done in the event of your death and will observe the legal requirements. Finally choose two people whom you trust to act as your executors. They will be responsible for putting your will into effect after your death.
You can leave a legacy to the Prisoners of Conscience Appeal Fund in the following three ways (the wording is a suggestion only):
(i) For part of your estate: I give all (or specify a fractional share) of my estate to the Prisoners of Conscience Appeal Fund of PO Box 61044, London SE1 1UP (registered charity no. 213766), for its general purposes, with power to spend income and capital, and I direct that the receipt of its Honorary Treasurer or other authorised officer for the time being shall be a good and sufficient discharge to my Executors.
(ii) For a fixed sum. I give free of tax to the Prisoners of Conscience Appeal Fund of PO Box 61044, London SE1 1UP (registered charity no. 213766), the sum of £(amount) for its general purposes, and I direct that the receipt of its Honorary Treasurer or other authorised officers for the time being shall be a good and sufficient discharge to my Executors.
(iii) Specific Items. I bequeath free of tax to the Prisoners of Conscience Appeal Fund of PO Box 61044, London SE1 1UP (registered charity no. 213766), (“the charity”) my (clear description of the item(s) to be bequeathed) (“the bequest”) for general purposes of the charity and I direct that: the Charity shall have the full power to sell the Bequest and to apply the proceeds (as to capital and income) for the general purposes of the charity, and that the receipt of the Honorary Treasurer or other authorised officer for the time being shall be a good and sufficient discharge to my Executors.
If You Have Already Made a Will
It is simple to add a codicil. The suggested wording for this is:
I (your name) of (address) declare this to be a (first or other) codicil to my will dated (date of will).
Depending on what you wish to leave to the PoC Fund, please use the wording of (i), (ii) or (iii) as above.
In all other respects I confirm my said will and any previous codicils thereto.
You then need to find two witnesses who are not related to you or beneficiaries of your will to be present when you sign the codicil.
In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand this (date) of (month) of (year) signed by the said (your name) as a (first or other) codicil to (his/her) last will in our joint presence and then by us in (his/hers).
First witness signature:
Second witness signature: