Bequest Appeal

Did you know that once you have taken care of your loved ones, if you then leave a bequest to MAB in your will:

  • You could reduce the amount of Inheritance Tax that your children, family or friends will need to pay after your passing.
  • Your gift will keep benefitting other visually impaired people, long after your death.
  • You can end up giving more as a bequest to charity in your will than you can possibly give in your lifetime.

We are obviously extremely grateful to anyone who leaves us a bequest.

If you would like to leave a bequest to MAB, you can choose to give any of the following:

  • The residue of your estate.
  • A set amount of money.
  • A percentage of your estate.
  • An item that we could sell. 

If you would like to discuss leaving a bequest to MAB in your will, feel free to phone our head office on 020 84235141 and ask to speak to Sahib or Nasreen.

They will be able to guide you through the process, and explain that if you don’t have a will already, you will need to create one.  You can do this either by contacting a solicitor (we have one we could recommend), or by following the government guidelines.

If you already have a will, you could consider adding a codicil, which is like an addendum.  Your codicil will need to be signed by 2 witnesses,  you need to keep it in the same place as your will, and it would look something like this:

Codicil.docx

Thank you for reading this information. Once again, if you would like to discuss leaving a bequest to MAB in your will, feel free to phone our head office on 020 84235141 and ask to speak to Sahib or Nasreen. We would obviously be extremely grateful to hear from you, as without donations and bequests, we would not be able to serve the visually impaired sector as we do.  

On this page in our website, we also like to take time to honour the people who have left us bequests before.

This year, at MAB, we are celebrating the life of a very private man, who left us a bequest of £10,000 in his will.   This gentleman was so private, that his family have asked us not to name him.  What we can say is that he lived a humble life, he earned an average salary and he never married or had children.

Like all of us, he didn’t like to ask for help.  Which meant that when he started losing his sight in 2016, life became very, very hard for him.  Fortunately, someone at the local eye hospital suggested that he contact MAB.

Lucy (name has been changed), our Support Worker, told him about our Home Visiting Programme and he agreed to give it a try. Lucy checked in on him every week. Over the next 3 years they became good friends as she helped him with tasks like reading his mail, going shopping or taking an accompanied walk around the neighbourhood.

One day, Lucy visited him and she could tell that he wasn’t very well.  “He was behaving strangely,” Lucy tells me.  “I made him a cup of tea and sat with him for a while, but he clearly wasn’t himself”.  Lucy eventually called his GP and together they decided he needed to get to hospital.  “A couple of days later I heard the news that he’d had a stroke.” Lucy explains.  “I am so glad that I was able to help him. I don’t know what would have happened to him if he had not been on our Home Visiting Programme.  I know that I am often the only person who visits him in a week. I dread to think of what would have happened to him if he had carried on alone for weeks, in his condition”.

The stroke that Lucy’s client had was the beginning of the end for him.  He wasn’t physically able to recover.  Very soon, he moved into a care home, and shortly after that, he passed away.

What Lucy didn’t know, in all those months that she supported him, was that this gentleman had left our organisation, the Middlesex Association for the Blind, a legacy/bequest in his will.  The bulk of his estate went to his sister and her children, but he made sure that MAB was given a very generous sum of £10,000.

It was his quiet way of saying thank you to MAB for all that we had done for him through Lucy.  Giving MAB money while he was alive was not possible for him, as he lived on a very small pension.  But he did more for MAB once he had died, than he could ever have done in his life.  This incredible gift that this very private man has given us at MAB, will enable us to support another 27 people like him, this year, on our Home Visiting Service.

This year, in 2020, we are celebrating and honouring the life of this gentleman. He is not here for us to thank in person, but we hope that all of you who are in anyway connected to MAB, will join us  in honouring him in our hearts and minds.

If you feel inspired by the life of this man and what he did for MAB, and you want to find out more about our bequest programme, you can phone our office on 020 8423 5141 and ask to speak to Sahib, or Nasreen.