What is a legacy?

A legacy is a gift you leave in your Will. It can be in the form of a specific item or a monetary donation.

Many people like to remember a charity that they want to make a lasting difference to after they are gone.

There are three main types of Wills you can make;

  • Residuary gift – part (or all) of the value of your estate
  • Pecuniary gift – a particular sum of money
  • Specific gift – a specific item such as property, painting or jewellery

The details of how a Will works in each country is different, but you can leave a gift in your Will regardless of where you live.

Contact us to find out how.


What will a gift in your Will help us achieve?

Reduce lung health inequalities

You can help ELF to reduce the inequality in lung health faced by millions of people across Europe. Access to information and resources about lung health is not equal and many people struggle to get hold of this in their own language or a format that they understand. Your donation will help ELF create more lay research summaries and guidance factsheets, translated into multiple languages and into easy-read format.

Improve lung health

Give today to improve education and awareness of lung health. The current pandemic has shown that healthy lungs are more important now, than ever before.
Our Healthy Lungs for Life campaign aims to increase knowledge and awareness among the general public about steps that can be taken to improve lung health through four key themes: Air quality, Stopping smoking, Physical activity and Vaccination. Your donation will help us to increase the reach of this project into schools and low and middle income countries.

About Healthy Lungs for Life
Increase patient involvement

Your donation can help ELF to increase its capacity to empower people with lung diseases, and the general public, to influence respiratory research and guidelines at a European level.
With your support, ELF can grow its patient network, increase the opportunities for patients to speak at an International Congress and train more patients to effectively campaign for better lung health.

Patient input process
How will your gift improve lives?

Legacies are an important part of most charities’ income, we would use any legacy to cover the activities listed above.

Get your free guide

Want to know more about leaving a gift in your Will?

This free guide will provide all the information you need to know.

Make a pledge

If you are ready to leave your gift get in touch with us today.

Memory wall

Our Memory Wall is a great way to remember those who are gone but never forgotten.

If you are still unsure about anything regarding leaving a gift in your Will, our FAQs and glossary below may help.

Frequently asked questions - leaving a gift in your Will

All information provided was correct as of December 2020

  • Q) What is a legacy?

    A) A legacy is a gift which you leave in your Will to a person or an organisation, such as a charity like European Lung Foundation. This gift can be a specific item, a sum of money, a percentage (or even all) of what is left in your estate, after any other arrangements have been given out and any debts and expenses have been paid.

  • Q) How do I leave a legacy?

    A) When you are making or amending your Will, your solicitor will advise you on the specific clauses that should be inserted so that your wishes are carried out. If you would like to leave a gift to European Lung Foundation, you will need to provide our charity details: European Lung Foundation, 442 Glossop Road, Sheffield, S10 2PX, UK.

  • Q) Do I need a solicitor to make a Will?

    A) There is no legal requirement to have a solicitor draft your Will. However, it is best to seek advice as drafting a Will is not always straightforward. A solicitor will ensure that your Will reflects your wishes and ensures that it is legally valid.

  • Q) Would European Lung Foundation know I have left a legacy in my Will?

    A) Normally, a charity would not be informed about a legacy left in a Will until the donors’ passing or if you inform us at info@europeanlung.org or use our Pledge Form.

  • Q) Are there any tax benefits to leaving a gift in my Will?

    A) Tax benefits vary in different countries. European Lung Foundation suggest you seek advise from a solicitor or look on your government website for details regarding this.

  • Q) I’ve already made a Will. Do I need to make a new one?

    A) If you would like to update your Will, you could make a new Will. However, if you simply wish to add in a legacy of an item or of cash, a formal change to your Will should be enough. Whether you make a new Will entirely or just make an amendment depends on how much you would like to change your existing Will. You should speak to a legal advisor to decide which is best for you.

  • Q) I’m not wealthy - would anything I leave be useful?

    A) European Lung Foundation is very grateful for any donation it receives. No matter how large or small, any contribution helps to support our mission. We rely on the generosity of the public and its supporters; so, any gift can make a real difference.

  • Q) What kind of gift can I make? Can I give items or just a cash sum?

    A) There are a few types of legacies available. You could leave either gift a fixed sum of money, a specific item or investment in your Will. Alternatively, you could gift the remainder or a proportion of the remainder of your estate, after all expenses, tax and other agreements have been paid. European Lung Foundation welcomes all donations because any contribution helps support our mission. If you are unsure what you will own when you pass away and do not want to write a specific figure or item into your Will, you could leave a proportion or a percentage of your estate to European Lung Foundation.

  • Q) What happens if I change my mind?

    A) If your circumstances change or you decide you no longer wish to leave a legacy in your Will you can make an amendment to your Will, or by cancelling the Will in its entirety at any point.

  • Q) Can I request my legacy to be used towards a particular projects/activity?

    A) Yes. You can either leave your legacy as a gift subject to an expression of wish or a gift subject to binding obligations as to its use. However, this can cause significant problems, especially if that activity is no longer being carried out, so an unrestricted gift is preferable. European Lung Foundation always recommends seeking legal advice and takes no legal responsibility for anything related to your Will. Please contact a solicitor for further legal matters regarding your Will.

If you have any questions about leaving a gift in your will, please see our FAQ’s or contact our Legacy Team who will be happy to help.

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