Without the generosity of our supporters since 1949, the Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities would not have been able been able to help the thousands of people it has.
Gifts in Wills have been crucial to the progress that we have made over the years - but our ambition to empower even more people with learning disabilities is greater than ever.
We understand better than anyone that loved ones and families come first in financial planning, which makes the gifts we do receive so greatly appreciated.
“I don’t think there is another organisation that is more experienced in working with people with learning disabilities.” A Service Commissioner
Your gift can change lives forever
My name is Lesley and one of the benefits of my job has been the opportunity to learn more about the work of my colleagues at the Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities, part of The Mental Health Foundation family. I think the work done by FPLD is amazing and I am very proud to work alongside them. Every single member of the team is passionate about ensuring that through their work people with learning disabilities are able to lead a rich and fulfilling life. The kind of life you and I take for granted.
If you decide to leave a gift in your Will to The Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities, or name us as one of the beneficiaries of a trust you set up, I would like to thank you and to assure you what a real and lasting difference your generosity will help to make to the lives of thousands of people with a learning disability. And don't forget, every gift from a Will that we receive is free from inheritance tax.
Peace of mind
If you want to provide for the financial future for a family member or friend with a learning disability it is essential you write a Will. By writing a Will and setting up a trust, you will have the peace of mind of knowing your loved ones will get the financial support and protection they need after your death. It would also be a way of avoiding applications to the court of protection for a deputy to be appointed to deal with their finances if they are not able to manage looking after their money themselves.
Whatever you decide, we always recommend you seek specialist legal advice. The organisation 'Lawyers for People with Learning Disabilities' (www.lpld.org) is recognised by the Law Society and lists solicitors who specialises in the law and people with learning disabilities.
When you are writing your Will, we appreciate that your first concern will naturally be for your own family and friends, but if are also able to remember the Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities we are extremely grateful.
What are the options?
Every kind of gift is hugely appreciated. You don't need to leave a large sum - a gift in your Will, no matter how small, can make a big impact on our work. Many people choose to leave a residuary gift (a share of an estate) as it usually maintains or increases value over time, but every single gift is welcomed. You have our assurance that when the time comes your gift will be administered in a professional and sensitive manner.
How to word your Will
It's really straightforward to include a gift to The Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities in your will. All you have to do is give your solicitor our registered address and charity numbers:
The Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities
1 London Bridge Walk
London, SE1 2SX
Registered charity no 801130 (England and Wales) and SC039714 (Scotland).
Amending an existing Will?
Have you already made a Will? You can add The Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities into your Will by completing a codicil and sending it to your solicitor. A codicil is a document on which changes or additions are made to an existing Will and must be read in conjunction with it. We always recommend you contact a solicitor if you wish to draw up a codicil.
How to get in touch
We have further information about how to leave a gift in your Will, which we would be delighted to provide you with. If you would like this information or have any questions about leaving a gift in your Will to the The Foundation for People with Learning Difficulties, or if you would like to talk about our work, please do contact our dedicated supporter care number on 020 7803 1121 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We’re around Monday to Friday during office hours, and if you call at another time please leave a message and we will get back to you as soon as we can.
Whatever you decide, thank you so much for taking the time to consider adding The Foundation for People with Learning Difficulties to your Will.
Expressing your last wishes
As you consider how best to care for the needs of your family and those you care about you may also wish to consider expressing your last wishes. As a valued supporter of The Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities you understand how all gifts can make a difference. Donations in memory or in lieu of flowers can be a wonderful way for family and friends to celebrate and honour your life. If you would like to discuss this please do get in touch with me.