Leave a legacy to make a difference

The support we receive in the form of gifts left in legacies makes a significant contribution to the services we run for young deaf children and their families.

The Elizabeth Foundation welcomes gifts in wills no matter the size. All legacies make a difference to families like Emily’s:

“When we arrived at the Foundation just weeks after Emily had had meningitis and days after she had been diagnosed as profoundly deaf we were a mess. The staff at The Elizabeth Foundation did not even blink. They calmly welcomed us in, supported us and for the next three years showed us how Emily’s life, whilst different to what it would have been, could be no less enjoyable. The sky is still the limit for her and we will be eternally grateful to them for getting us through that difficult time.” Emily's parents

The Elizabeth Foundation's Legacy leaflet

Download our new Legacy Information Pack

We have just launched our new Legacy Information Pack, to provide you with more information about how you can support our work by leaving a gift to The Elizabeth Foundation in your will.

There are two parts to the pack:

If you would like use to post you printed copies or if have any queries about leaving a legacy to support our work, you are also very welcome to get in touch with us.

So what should you do next?

Making a will and keeping it up to date is very important.

If you don’t do this you cannot be sure that your money and property will go to those you want it to go to. You will want to look after your family and friends, but you can also use the opportunity to consider leaving gifts to help charities and causes close to your heart.

By talking to a solicitor or other professional adviser, you can make sure your wishes are clear and also plan for tax (gifts to charities will be free of inheritance tax).

Our charity details

To include us in your will you need to specify the following:

  • the amount you would like to leave us (usually stated as a fixed sum or a percentage of your residual estate)
  • our full name - The Elizabeth Foundation
  • our address - Southwick Hill Road, Cosham, Hampshire, PO6 3LL
  • our Registered Charity Number - 293835

Thank you for thinking about leaving a legacy to help deaf children find their voice. If you are kind enough to include us in your Will we would be extremely grateful if you could let us know

The difference your gift could make

Watch this short video to see the difference a gift in your Will could make to a deaf child like Riley

Why Joan is leaving a legacy to us

Watch this short video to learn why Joan - one of our donors - is making a gift in her will to support our work.

Joan's story

Joan and her late husband Dennis, decided to leave a legacy to The Elizabeth Foundation. This is Joan’s story:

“In the 1950s, my husband’s sister gave birth to four daughters. Her first child was deaf but was not diagnosed until the third child was born and was found to be profoundly deaf.

“My sister-in-law and her husband were wonderful parents but struggled with little help or advice regarding their children’s deafness.

“The profoundly deaf little one went to Exeter School for the Deaf as a weekly boarder, her mother shed many tears as she couldn’t explain to her daughter that she was being sent away for her own good and not that she was not wanted.

“What a help The Elizabeth Foundation would have been then, as it is the biggest provider of preschool education services for deaf children in the UK. This is only possible thanks to the founders, Shirley and David Metherell, also parents of a deaf child.

“Back in those days, my sister-in-law witnessed the stigma and biased views of people who did not know the children were deaf and wrongly assumed they were less able.

“Please remember The Elizabeth Foundation and help their work continue, when writing your will. My sister-in-law’s dream was to hear her daughter say ‘I love you mum’.

“Today, The Elizabeth Foundation makes this happen.”

Videos explaining more about leaving a legacy in your Will

Watch these short videos featuring Imogen - a Solicitor, and also a Trustee of The Elizabeth Foundation - who shares her personal reasons for supporting our work, answers some common questions about Wills, explains the benefits of leaving money to a charity in your Will, and gives examples of how legacies benefit our work.

Why I support The Elizabeth Foundation

Leaving a gift to a charity in your Will

Commonly-asked questions about Wills

Why support The Elizabeth Foundation in your will?

We are part of Remember a Charity

You can leave a legacy in your Will with confidence as The Elizabeth Foundation is registered with the Fundraising Regulator and we are also a member of the Remember a Charity consortium.

If you have any queries about leaving a legacy to support our work, you are also very welcome to get in touch with us.

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