Gifts in Wills

Support our survivors, leave something to survive you

Did you know that it's possible to give some money in your will to charity and still leave 95% for your family and loved ones?

Leaving a gift to RISE is a true legacy because domestic violence and abuse destroys lives, often through generations, and can be a hard cycle to break free from. With one in four women affected it’s almost as prevalent as cancer.

Gifts in wills are most commonly left for cancer, lifeboat and animal charities, but we need your help too.

Domestic abuse is the issue that’s been behind closed doors. It’s tricky to talk about. There’s secrecy and shame. And yet you’ll know someone that’s been affected, whether you know it or not.

RISE has, for over 25 years, been striving for freedom from physical, emotional, psychological, financial abuse and coercive control.

But no difficult journey can be undertaken alone, and a gift in your Will will help re-build the futures of women and children in the beautiful city of Brighton we call home.

Your money will go towards safe housing in our refuge, our helpline, and therapy services – all with a view to our survivors being able to build healthy and happy relationships for future generations to come.

We've teamed up with the fantastic Make a Will Online so that you can make a will quickly and easily at no cost! You can do this here and every will is checked by a qualified solicitor. You'll also have access to their helpline in case you have any questions, and are entitled to three free updates and an ‘aftercare’ package once your will has been made. If you choose to disclose your name and email address to us we can get in touch to say “thank you” and make sure you know what we’re up to in future.

Despite all the legal jargon, leaving a legacy is easy. Here’s how…


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There are three types of Gift you can leave in your Will to support our work:

1) A share of your estate (called a residuary legacy) is the percentage of the remainder of your estate once all other legacies and costs have been paid. Whatever your circumstances, a percentage make the biggest difference to our work. Also, it won’t be affected by inflation, so your gift will retain its value.

2) A specific sum (call a pecuniary legacy) eg £10,000. Its real value will decrease over time due to inflation unless it is index linked to the Retail price Index. We are grateful for all legacy income received, however, it is worth being aware that a gift of £100 may be worth a lot less in 20 or 30 years’ time.

3) A specific item of value such as an antique or jewellery.

Once you have decided what type of gift you would like to leave in your Will, please ask your solicitor to use one of the suggested wordings below:

For a residual legacy:

I give all/a share of [please state fraction/percentage] the residue of my estate absolutely to R.I.S.E (Refuge,Information,Support,Education) of PO Box 889, Brighton, BN2 1GH Registered Charity no. 1065846, Company registration no. 3425008 absolutely, the sum [amount in figures, amount in words] to be applied by R.I.S.E (Refuge,Information,Support,Education) for its charitable purposes, and I further direct that the receipt of the Treasurer or any other proper officer of R.I.S.E (Refuge,Information,Support,Education) for the time being shall be sufficient discharge to my executors.

For a pecuniary legacy:

I give to R.I.S.E (Refuge,Information,Support,Education) of PO Box 889, Brighton, BN2 1GH Registered Charity no. 1065846, Company registration no. 3425008 absolutely, the sum [amount in figures, amount in words] to be applied by R.I.S.E (Refuge,Information,Support,Education) for its charitable purposes, and I further direct that the receipt of the Treasurer or any other proper officer of R.I.S.E (Refuge,Information,Support,Education) for the time being shall be sufficient discharge to my executors.

For a specific item:

I give to R.I.S.E (Refuge,Information,Support,Education) of PO Box 889, Brighton, BN2 1GH Registered Charity no. 1065846, Company registration no. 3425008 absolutely, the sum [write in here whatever you wish to give] to be applied by R.I.S.E (Refuge,Information,Support,Education) for its charitable purposes, and I further direct that the receipt of the Treasurer or any other proper officer of R.I.S.E (Refuge,Information,Support,Education) for the time being shall be sufficient discharge to my executors.

Our pledge to you:

· Your friends and family come first. We understand that you will want to make them your main beneficiaries of your Will and take care of them first.

· Every penny will count. Your money will go to where the needs is greatest and will be spent in the most costs effective way.

· We respect your privacy and will handles your legacy gift with the utmost care and sensitivity. We abide by the most recent Data Protection laws of the UK

· There is no pressure to tell us that you have left a gift to us in your will. You are under no obligation to do so. If you have requested a legacy pack we will not contact you further unless you specifically authorise us to.

Thank you so much for considering a gift in your Will to RISE.

We really appreciate your thoughtfulness.

If you have any questions:

Please do not hesitate to get in touch on 01273 622828 ext *231 or by email at [email protected]

Leave a gift to RISE UK in your will

Gifts in our supporters’ wills make a huge difference to our work going forward.

A free online will

We’ve partnered with Make a Will Online so you can make wills quickly and easily at no cost to you. You can do this here. Every will made is checked by a qualified solicitor. You also have access to their helplines if you have any questions. When you make your will, really useful information is shared with us including when you made your will and how much was pledged. If you choose to disclose your name and email to us we can get in touch to say “thank you” and make sure you know what we’re up to in future.

Or see a traditional solicitor…

If you already have a solicitor, speak to them and ask them to update your will to include a gift to us in your will. They will take you through the necessary steps to do this.

If you have a large or complicated estate, or if you have complex needs - for example: trust income, property overseas, dependent relatives, or ongoing legal issues – you should speak to a specialist solicitor. Likewise, if you have concerns around mental capacity you should discuss with a solicitor face-to-face. If your estate will be subject to inheritance tax (see here), you should also speak to a solicitor.

If you need a solicitor but don’t have one, please look at the Law Society.

Our full charity name and address is: “R.I.S.E. (Refuge, Information, Support And Education)”, our charity number is: 1065846 and our registered address: 3rd Floor Shaftesbury Court, 95 Ditchling Road, Brighton, BN1 4ST.

If you don’t currently have a will…

About our free online wills offer

Using the service above means that we get some really useful information on the gifts you leave. This helps us enormously. However, we understand that you may rather keep your gift private. To do this you use the following link to make a will online. None of the information about your will is shared with us if you make a will using this link. However you choose to give, thank you so much!