Leave a gift in your will

By leaving a gift in your will to Sobell House, you could make an incredible difference to the lives of our patients and their families for years to come.

Did you know that a quarter of our charitable income comes from gifts in wills?

With more demand on our services than ever before, it’s vital that we raise the all-important funds to care for our local community.

To make or update a will, you can use a solicitor or a will writing service. You may already have a solicitor, but if not, a good starting point is The Law Society’s database.

If you would prefer to use a will writing service, we’ve partnered with expert will writers, Octopus Legacy, to offer you an exclusive opportunity to write, or update, a simple will for free. You can do it online, over the phone or even in-person – whichever way suits you best. If you want to take the stress and cost out of writing a will this is the service for you:

  • It’s quick and easy – the average Octopus Legacy will takes 15-20 minutes.
  • It’s safe – Octopus Legacy Wills are legally binding and checked by experts.
  • It’s free!
  • You will have peace of mind that your affairs are in order.
  • There is no obligation to include Sobell House in your will, but if you can support us we would be so grateful.

If you do decide to leave a gift to Sobell House in your will, you’ll need to use our full charity name (Sobell House Hospice Charity Ltd) and registered charity number (1118646).

Why leave a gift in your Will?

Generous gifts of all sizes over the last nearly 50 years have helped ensure specialist, compassionate care for thousands of people and their families.

Leaving a legacy to Sobell House won’t cost you a penny during your lifetime, but it’s a powerful way to be remembered as you help to make a difference. Every penny really does count, with small legacies forming a large part of our income.

Gifts in wills help us to care for people like Penny and Greg

“My wife Penny was referred to Sobell House in the late summer of 2016 after a number of treatments in hospital for lung cancer. I will always be grateful to everyone at Sobell House – doctors, nursing and care staff, therapists and all the support staff and volunteers – for providing Penny with comfort and advice. I know she was at peace to be there. After Penny died I was more than happy to update my will to include a legacy to the charity to help continue the wonderful care that Sobell House provides into the future. I would encourage anyone to consider leaving a gift in their will to Sobell House. I’ve seen first-hand the difference it makes.”

Download your free legacy guide

Our legacy guide is packed full of helpful advice to help take the stress and time out of writing a Will. Whether you’re writing your Will for the very first time or need to make an update, this guide has step-by-step instructions to make sure you feel as prepared as possible.

There is also plenty of information on how you can leave a gift in your Will to Sobell House if you choose to do so.

Speak to our Legacy Fundraiser

Deborah is our Legacy Fundraiser, who can support you if you decide to leave a gift in your will to Sobell House. However, only your Solicitor can offer you legal advice. Our promise to you is that we will never put you under any pressure as we understand that leaving any gift in your will is an important and private decision.

Deborah says: “Every year, we need to raise in excess of £3 million to help fund our Hospice. Demand for our services is increasing year on year, so every gift is crucial to ensuring we can continue our care for years to come. Thank you for considering to leave a gift in your will and for thinking of our Hospice as we expand vital services throughout our community.”

Please get in touch with Deborah if you are considering leaving a gift in your will to Sobell House: mail@sobellhospice.org or 01865 857007.

The impact your gift could have

Your gift will enable us to care for and support people with an incurable illness, through the good days and the bad. We also provide much-needed support to family members and close friends who are facing the loss of a loved one, as well as bereavement care. Here are some examples of how your money could be spent:

£1,000 could enable several families to receive emotional support from a social worker.
£3,836 could fund two weeks of transport for patients and families across Oxfordshire.
£6,000 could fund ten days of care for a patient on our inpatient unit.

Read stories shared by local families who we have been able to support thanks to gifts left in wills.