We have a way to support us which costs you nothing now, but will have a huge impact in years to come. By leaving a gift in your Will to The Disabilities Trust, you will help us continue to expand and develop our specialist facilities for people with complex disabilities, including autism, acquired brain injuries, learning disabilities and profound physical disabilities.

Why a gift in your Will is so important?

A gift in your Will, however small or large, can really make a difference. Your gift could help us pay for vital extras to improve our service users' quality of life. Items such as sensory rooms, accessible technology and activity equipment are not covered by statutory funding, but they have a massive positive impact on rehabilitation. In addition, demand for our services is growing fast and we are continually working on developing new services support even more people with complex needs across the UK.

Why should you make a Will?

If you do not make a Will, then in effect the state does it for you. Without a Will (or with one that is not up to date), there are certain rules which dictate where your money and possessions go. This could mean that your loved ones might not necessarily benefit. If you have not already made a Will, it is simple to do and not as expensive as you may think. We recommend that you use a professional adviser or solicitor to help you do it.

Making a donation to charity in your Will can also be important for you as it can help reduce the amount of Inheritance Tax on your estate. All gifts left to charities such as The Disabilities Trust are exempt from Inheritance Tax. We understand that the people closest to you come first. However, if you feel able to support The Disabilities Trust, we would be extremely grateful. A gift to The Disabilities Trust in your Will does not mean large amounts of money.

What sort of Gift can I leave to The Disabilities Trust?

There are a number of different ways you can support the work of The Disabilities Trust through your Will, namely the following:

Close up of service user Will in Ernest Kleinwort Court

  • A residuary gift is the share of your estate left over once your family has been taken care of
  • A pecuniary gift is a specified amount of money left to The Disabilities Trust
  • A reversionary gift allows you to leave your estate to your dependents while they are living, but after they pass away it will revert to The Disabilities Trust
  • A specific bequest is a specific item left as a gift in your Will, for example, jewellery or art

If you would like your gift to be used for a particular division or service, we would suggest that you include a note of wishes that your gift is used for a particular purpose. If you do complete a Note of Wishes we will do our best to follow it, but if this is not possible, for example, if one of our services is no longer running, then this will allow us to use your gift where the need is greatest.

Suggested wording

If you have do decide to leave a Gift in your Will to The Disabilities Trust, we have put together some suggested wording which we suggest you take to your solicitor when writing your Will.

It is important that the following clause is included in your Will of you intend to leave a gift to a charity. This ensures that if the charity ever changes its name or merges with another charity, it will still receive the donation:

"If at my death any charity named as a beneficiary in this Will or any Codicil hereto has changed its name or amalgamated with or transferred its assets to another body then my executors shall give effect to any gift made to such charity as if it had been made (in the first case) to the body in its changed name or (in the second place) to the body which results from such amalgamation or to which such transfer has been made."

Please remember to use our full name The Disabilities Trust, our registered charity number for England and Wales 800797 and Scotland SC038972 and the correct registered address:

The Disabilities Trust, 32 Market Place, Burgess Hill, West Sussex RH15 9NP

More Information

If you would like more information about leaving a gift in your Will to the Disabilities Trust, please return the enquiry form below or talk to us directly on 01444 237286. Please follow these links to download an enquiry form, a codicil form, and our legacy charter which may be helpful in informing your decision.

If you have generously decided to leave a gift in your Will to The Disabilities Trust, we would be most grateful if you could notify us. You are not obliged to do so, but we would like to thank you. Any information you provide us will of course be treated in strict confidence.

Donations in Memory

Raising money in someone's memory is a special way to celebrate their life. Any money raised in memory will be used to buy vital extras for service users, such as sensory room equipment, accessible technology and activity equipment. The cost of these items is not covered by statutory funding, yet they have a massive positive impact on service user rehabilitation.

Donations in lieu of flowers

Some people request charitable donations in lieu of funeral flowers. If you would like to do this and have any questions or require any donation forms, please get in touch with the fundraising team on 01444 237286 or fundraising@thedtgroup.org and we will be happy to help.

young autistic boy in lessons with support worker in Heathermount

Any donations should be made payable to The Disabilities Trust and sent to

Fundraising Team,
The Disabilities Trust
32 Market Place,
Burgess Hill,
West Sussex
RH15 9NP

Please let us know if you would like the donations to be restricted to a particular service or division.

Set up an online in memory page

You can also create an in memory page online through JustGiving, where you can tell the story of the person you're remembering (using words, photos and video) and explain why you're raising money in their memory. Your friends and family can give to your page easily, safely and securely, wherever they are, whenever they want to. To set up a page, please use the following link.

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