Leaving us a Gift in your Will

Our legacy vision is - to fulfil your wishes and help provide more for our patients and their families now and for generations to come.

Please consider supporting your local hospital in your Will

When making a Will your family and friends will be your most important consideration. However after you have provided for your loved ones please consider supporting your local hospital with a gift that can have a lasting impact. This is a great way to support people in your local community. It is also tax efficient as leaving a gift in your Will to a registered charity is exempt from Inheritance Tax and Income Tax. You can do this by remembering The Countess Charity with a gift in your Will which your solicitor can help administer for you. For more information please download our Support your local hospital in your Will leaflet by clicking on the link below.

Gift in Will Leaflet

Every gift left in a Will, however small or large, makes a difference for our patients

Gifts in Wills, sometimes known as legacies, have supported hospital care since before the creation of the NHS and continue to allow us to provide additional equipment and comfort for the benefit of our patients and their families. Legacies are an important strand of our income generation helping us to ensure that The Countess Charity can provide the very best care and facilities for our patients now and in the future.

Please see our New Make a Will Scheme for our donors, staff and volunteers tab to take part in our time limited free Will making service. 

Recent equipment bought from gifts left in Wills

Previous gifts in Wills left to The Countess Charity have enabled us to provide extra equipment and improve facilities throughout all areas of the hospital from the Neonatal Unit to the Care of the Elderly departments. 

Recent examples of equipment purchased by gifts in Wills include a GastroGenius breath test machine and a 24 hour blood pressure monitor for the benefit of our gastroenterology and diabetic patients respectively. 

We are the only NHS hospital in the North West that now has the facility to do this specialised breath test which utilises measuring methane, in addition to hydrogen, to help diagnose gastrointestinal conditions. 

Dr Ruth Harris, Consultant Gastroenterologist says:

“It was an honour, for me, to be involved with this donor's hospital care from when I first met him in 2010. I have been so touched by the generosity of this unexpected gift in his Will and I am very pleased that we have been able to purchase this machine which will be used to care for patients that have similar conditions to the donor”


Dr Ruth Harris with the breath test equipment


Jeff Pond, Specialist Diabetes Nurse, using new blood pressure monitor

There are 4 different ways of leaving a gift in your Will to us:


Residuary legacy – this is a gift of the balance of your estate or a proportion of it donated to The Countess Charity when all your other wishes have been taken care of


Pecuniary legacy –this is a gift to The Countess Charity of a specified sum of money. It is advisable that your Will is reviewed every few years as the value of your gift will vary over time.


Specific legacy – this is a gift to The Countess Charity of an item (or items including jewellery, stocks and shares and property) which can be used in the way that best benefits The Countess of Chester Hospital.


Contingent legacy – this is a gift in your Will that depends upon the occurrence of an event which may or may not happen. E.g. a gift to a charity which applies only if other beneficiaries named in the Will die before the person who has made the Will.


Important information when leaving us a Gift in your Will

We always recommend that you seek the advice of a solicitor when making your Will to ensure that your instructions are legally valid and that your wishes are fulfilled. Your solicitor can discuss the different types of gifts you can make in your Will with you and ensure that the correct wording is used.  You can choose either to donate to The Hospital Fund that allows for clinical staff to apply for items they need or to benefit a specific area of the hospital. Your Will should specify ‘The Countess Charity, Registered Charity Number 1050015’ and state whether you wish your gift to be used for a specific area within the hospital or to The Hospital Fund. A leaflet is also available on request.


Question: I've already made my Will, can I still leave you a Gift in my Will?

Answer: Yes!

An up-to-date Will is incredibly important. It’s the safest way to look after the loved ones and charities that you care about most.


If you have already made your Will but would like to leave a gift to The Countess Charity, you can do so by making a simple addition to your existing Will. This is called a codicil. Your solicitor can advise you about this.


Supporters are increasingly helping us through their Wills because it costs nothing now


Please contact Ngozi Ikoku, Trust and Legacy Fundraiser, in The Countess Charity Fundraising Office on 01244 365685 or by email ngozi.ikoku@nhs.net if you would like to leave a gift in your Will to The Countess Charity or if you have any questions about the process.