Are you an executor or solicitor administering a Will that includes a gift to Pilgrims Hospices?

If so, please get in touch with our Gifts in Wills team to discuss any questions you may have or for information on payment of bequests:

Gifts in Wills Team

We would be grateful if executors can provide the following information:

  • Full name and title of the deceased
  • Last known address of deceased
  • Date and place of death
  • Bequest type, and amount if possible i.e. residuary or pecuniary gift
  • Probate date
  • Executor's/solicitor’s name and contact details
  • A copy of the Will
  • Any information about the reason for the gift

We know this can be a distressing time for relatives and friends. Our bereavement services are available to any who has lost a loved one in east Kent. You can find more information and support here, or speak to our Gifts in Wills Team, who will be more than happy to help.

Many of the people who've kindly left gifts to us in their Wills had also supported us in life. Please notify us of the deceased as soon as possible so we are able to update our records to avoid any future communications going to their address.

Collection of items

We are grateful for everything we receive, and through our experienced Retail team we have the expertise to achieve the best price for any specific gift.

We have 30 shops across east Kent and an eBay shop, which stock a wide range of high-quality items including books, clothes, furniture, jewellery and vintage curios.

Everything we receive, no matter how big or small, makes a difference to the lives of those we care for. Please get in touch in the first instance with our Gifts in Wills team to arrange safe collection.

Tax

Charities are exempt from inheritance tax and capital gains tax.

The rules are complex, so please visit the HMRC website (UK), the Office of the Revenue Commissioners website (Republic of Ireland), or talk to your solicitor.

Charity details

Pilgrims Hospices in East Kent is a company limited by guarantee.

  • Registered charity number: 293968
  • Registered company number: 2000560
  • Registered office: 56 London Road, Canterbury, Kent CT2 8JA

Unclaimed Client Funds

These are sums of money which remain unclaimed in client accounts of many solicitors and accountants, for years, when all attempts to contact the client has failed. SRA rules allow practices to donate unclaimed client funds to charities such as Pilgrims Hospices. 

The Solicitors Regulation Authority’s (SRA) rules* and the Council of the Institute of Chartered Accountants for England & Wales (ICAEW) regulations** allow practices to donate unclaimed client funds to charities.

For indemnities for amounts over £500, please speak to a member of the Gifts in Wills Team on 01227 782062, or at giftsinwills@pilgrimshospices.org.

In 2022, Pilgrims Hospices received over £40,000 through donations from unclaimed client accounts which is enough to fund the entire cost of our community care teams working across our three hospices for over 9 days.

*SRA – Where the rightful owner cannot be traced, rules 20.1 and 20.2 of the Solicitors’ Accounts Rules permit balances under £500 to be paid to charity without SRA permission, providing certain safeguards are met. Amounts over £500 can also be paid to charity, providing SRA permission is granted and Pilgrims Hospices can provide an indemnity letter for this purpose.

**ICAEW - Under rule 32 of the Clients' Money Regulations, the client must have remained untraced for five years. For sums of £10,000 and above (per client), Pilgrims Hospices is able to provide an indemnity for the sum provided.

Your legacy everlasting.

If you choose to leave a gift in your Will to Pilgrims Hospices, you will be doing something inspirational. It will cost you nothing now, but will help to secure the future of our services.


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.