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Support the College by Leaving a Gift in your Will

Curious about what the future holds for the College?

Be a part of it by planning your gift today.

Planning a gift in your will to Royal Holloway and Bedford New College offers you the opportunity to invest in the future and to take part in the life of the College for years to come. Giving in this way enables you to merge your financial planning and charitable giving aspirations.

Your gift has the potential to provide the College with the flexibility to support new projects and initiatives that will help us continue to strengthen our standing as a top research university, maintain the heritage of our campus, and enhance our students’ university experience.

I hope that your experience of Bedford College, Royal Holloway College or Royal Holloway and Bedford New College has prompted you to consider leaving a gift to the College in your Will. When the time is right for you, I am here to help you in confidence.

To find out more about the tax benefits of leaving a gift in your will and how much your loved ones could save on inheritance tax if you include a donation to the College, please see the UK's government website and use their tax benefits calculator.

With thanks,LauraBM_151204_112

Laura Bassani-Merron
01784 276538


Once you decide upon an area of the College in which you would like to invest, you will want to think about how you would like to make your gift.

A specific sum of money – Determine the precise amount of your gift
A percentage of your estate – Allocate anywhere from 1 to 100 per cent of your estate
A reversionary gift – In this case, your spouse or other named person(s) would hold the gift for their lifetime, after which it would revert to the College. You may appreciate the feeling of security that this brings in ensuring that the needs of your loved ones are met.
A life insurance policy – You can choose to name the College as the beneficiary of all or a portion of your life insurance policy.
A death in service scheme – If your employer offers this service, you can name the College as the beneficiary.

Suggested Wording

If you would like to leave a gift to the College in your Will, please use the suggested wording:

I give free of tax to Royal Holloway and Bedford New College, tax exempt reference number XN69536, the sum of £[words and figures] to be used for [general purposes], and I declare that the receipt of their Treasurer or other proper officer shall be a full and sufficient discharge.

I’ve already made my Will. How do I change it to leave a gift to Royal Holloway?
You can amend your existing Will by completing a Codicil, a legal document that serves as a supplement to your Will.

Sharing your intentions
By making us aware of your plans to leave a gift in your Will, we can work with you to ensure that we understand your intentions and that your gift will have the greatest possible impact on the area(s) that you wish to support. To let us know of your intentions, please download, complete, and post this form to:

Laura Bassani-Merron
Development Department
Royal Holloway and Bedford New College
Egham Hill
TW20 0EX

Why make a Will?
It’s the only way to ensure that your estate will benefit the people you love and the causes you support in the way that you intended.  

Are there any tax benefits?  
Leaving a gift in your Will to the College can lessen the amount of inheritance tax imposed on your estate. Read more about tax benefits and use use their calculator on the UK's government website to find out how much your beneficiaries could save.

Do I need a solicitor?
We recommend that you seek advice from a solicitor when making or changing your Will. If you need help finding a solicitor in your area, you can contact The Law Society on 020 7242 1222 or visit www.lawsociety.org.uk.  

Please do not hesitate to contact Laura Bassani-Merron on 01784 276538 with any further questions.


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