What is a Will?

A Will is a legal document, formally witnessed and signed, which lets you decide what happens to your money, property and possessions after your death. You can also record your funeral wishes in this document.

Some people choose to include a gift to causes that are close to their hearts when drawing up their Wills.

Anytime. Think you've got nothing to leave? Everyone has something to leave - be it a piece of furniture, a property or just £10. The purpose of a Will is to put down what you would want tot happen when something happens to you.

It's time to make a Will when you have a change in your relationship status, for example, a marriage or civil partnership, when you purchase a property, or when you have children. 

Or whenever you would like to change what happens to the things you'll leave behind.

Yes, and you should keep on top of your Will and consider reviewing it at least every few years, or any time there has been a change in your circumstances. 

If the change is minor - for example removing or adding a beneficiary - you can create a Codicil to your Will, which relates this change, without having to rewrite your Will. Always consult your solicitor on your proposed changes so they can advice you on the best approach.

A mirror Will is where spouses, civil partners or cohabitees produce a set of Wills that reflect one another. The terms within the Wills are the same in each document, but reflected so they might leave everything to each other in the first instance, and then to the same set of beneficiaries on the second death.

If you don't make a Will, then your estate (everything you own) will go under the intestacy provisions. This means they won't necessarily go where you want them to go. If you make a Will it's the only way of ensuring that everything you own goes to the people and the causes you care about.

It's important that you let those you trust know your wishes, and the best way is by having a Will in place.

The executor is someone named in a Will as taking legal responsibility for carrying out the instructions left in the Will by the deceased regarding their estate. If there is no Will, or those named are unwilling or unable to fulfil the role, a court may appoint an administrator in their place.

If you are an executor and would like to let us know about a gift, please click here.

Leaving a gift to Pilgrims Hospices in your Will

If you choose to leave a gift to Pilgrims, you will be doing something incredible, supporting the care of future generations.


This is a percentage of, or perhaps the balance of, your estate once all other payments have been made. It won’t lose its value over time and if you leave a proportion to Pilgrims you can still ensure other beneficiaries are looked after.


This is a gift of a fixed sum of money, eg £1,000.


This is a gift of a specific item, such as a personal possession, a property or shares. Through our experienced Retail team we have the expertise to achieve the best price for any gift kindly donated.

It is possible to specify in your Will if you would like your gift to be used for one of the hospices in particular. Please express this as a non-binding wish. We do our best to fulfil your wishes, but if this is not possible, we will spend the funds on the services we provide across east Kent. Please get in touch with our Gifts in Wills team if you would like more information:

Call: 01227 782066

Email: giftsinwills@pilgrimshospices.org

We understand that life can take many different twists and turns, most that aren’t planned for. You can change your mind about leaving a gift to Pilgrims in your Will at any point, just ensure your Will is updated to reflect your wishes.

Every gift left to us in Wills is used to provide end-of-life care to the people of east Kent. If you are considering leaving a gift to Pilgrims in your Will, and would like to talk to someone about the impact of your generosity, please contact our Gifts in Wills Team who would love to speak to you:

Call: 01227 782066

Email: giftsinwills@pilgrimshospices.org

We will never ask you to tell us your intentions.

But, if you choose to, then we are able to say thank you!

Find out more about how your contribution will help, and read about our vision, how we are funded and the high standards we work to.

Your kindness will mean we can be there for the next family that needs us, not just today but always. Together, we make a difference.

The contents of this webpage are not intended to constitute as legal advice. If you are considering leaving a gift in your Will to Pilgrims Hospices, we suggest you seek your own professional advice.