Leave a Lasting Legacy

Thank you for considering leaving a gift in your will to Henshaws.
Use our free will writing service and leave a gift in your will to ensure those with sight loss and other disabilities in your local area can continue to be supported for many years to come.

Sam in the Arts & Crafts garden

Why should I leave a gift in my will?

There are lots of very good reasons why everyone should write a will. It is an opportunity to decide what happens to your money, your possessions, and your property when you’re gone, and it is an opportunity to make your intentions clear to those you leave behind.

It can be emotional thinking about a future you won’t be around to see, but for many it is a positive experience and a chance to look after your family’s future and those you love.

Once you have provided for your loved ones, a gift in your will can also ensure causes close to your heart are supported. It demonstrates the principles and values that are important to you, and it has the power to transform the lives of people with sight loss, sensory impairments, and other disabilities. For many people it is often their most thoughtful charitable donation, and often their most generous one.

Gifts in wills are incredibly important at Henshaws and have supported our work for over 180 years. We would like to ask everyone who has supported the charity in their lifetime to consider leaving a gift to the charity in their will. Every donation, large or small, will have an impact on someone’s life and whether you are writing a new will, or updating an existing one, it is a simple process to include a gift to charity.

An art maker playing the rainbow coloured hand bells in our multisensory workshop while workshop leader plays the guitar

How can I leave a gift in my will?

Henshaws have recently partnered up with Bequeathed. With Bequeathed you can make a start on your will immediately, for FREE! Simply follow the steps to create a will online.
Detailed guidance will help you to consider everything you need to think about when making a will, and to identify any issues where expert legal advice could be valuable.
If you want legal advice at any stage, just ask. Bequeathed will connect you to a solicitor who’ll give you a price to help you complete your will face-to-face or over the phone.
Whichever way you choose to make your will, please consider leaving a gift to Henshaws. Your generosity will help us to support those with sight loss and other disabilities for years to come.

Visit www.bequeathed.org/p/henshaws now to start making your will.

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Download your will making checklist below, and if you would like any more information please contact Kat Parry at kat.parry@henshaws.org.uk or call on 0161 786 3663.

Will making checklist – download here.

Will making booklet – download here.

Neville's Story

In his death, Neville chose to leave just over £2.5m which was mostly shared between charities including St Michael’s Hospice, Marie Curie Cancer Care, Macmillan Cancer Support and Henshaws.

Thanks to a generous gift in Neville’s will, Henshaws will be able to develop new workshops at its Arts and Crafts Centre in Knaresborough allowing Art Makers to become more independent and less isolated. We will also be converting one of the houses at our college into supported living for young people with learning disabilities; allowing many more to gain skills, independence and grow friendships in a safe environment.


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