1) Make or update your Will

Many people use a solicitor to make their Will. The cost to do this can vary significantly, so don’t be shy to shop around and get an estimate up front.

Wills can be complex and there are many ways of including a gift in your Will. We can provide you with a preferred will clause, so get in touch if you’d like more information.

We cannot provide you with legal advice, so please make sure you obtain your own independent advice on the most appropriate wording.

We’d love to hear if you’ve chosen to include us in your Will — but you don’t have to tell us. If you do choose to let us know, we’d really just like to say thank you.

2) Decide on your gift

Leaving a gift in your Will is one of the most valuable and lasting ways you can support Brightwater.

There are a number of different ways you can remember Brightwater in your Will, depending on your circumstances.

  • Share of your estate, also known as a residuary gift. The residue of your estate is what remains of the estate once all your loved ones and charges have been paid. A residuary gift could be a percentage or the whole of the residue of your estate.
  • Fixed sum of money, also known as a pecuniary gift. This is when you leave an exact sum of money to us. It may be of interest to note that the value of this will decrease over time with inflation.
  • A specific gift. You may wish to leave us a particular item (known as a specific bequest), which could be sold (if appropriate) to support our work. It could be property or an item of value such as real estate, art, or a piece of jewellery.

3) Notify loved ones and Brightwater Care Group

We believe that it is an important step to talk to family and loved ones about your will to help ensure your final wishes are carried out. Let your family know that an enduring gift to Brightwater is important to you and advise any executors and guardians of your wishes.

If you would like your gift to be allocated to a particular fund, please let us know.

Our promise to you

When people are kind enough to leave us a gift in their Will, these are the promises we make. We will:

  • Use your gift carefully so it has the greatest impact on the lives of Brightwater clients
  • Give you and your family the opportunity to stay connected with the legacy you have created
  • Handle your gift with great care, sensitivity and respect

We appreciate that family and loved ones always come first. We also understand that circumstances change, and we respect your decision to alter your Will at any time.

You can contact our Fundraising Advisor Sarah Wood on 1300 223 968 if you have any questions about including a gift in your Will.