A gift in your will to Sightsavers can help transform the lives of generations to come.
Ten-year-old Mary from Malawi (pictured above) was going blind from cataracts. She faced an uncertain future until a straightforward cataract operation from Sightsavers helped to restore her sight. Mary was able to see the world again and follow her dreams.
Imagine a child’s future as your legacy: that’s the difference you can make by leaving a gift to Sightsavers in your will.
Your gift of sight can change a life forever.
For more than 60 years, Sightsavers has been working to prevent avoidable blindness in some of the world’s poorest countries. Over the past two years, our supporters have helped us to provide more than 513 million treatments worldwide to protect eyesight, and more than 7.7 million sight-restoring cataract operations.
All our programmes are well established and are fully costed and recorded. And because we help to train eye care workers and surgeons, and support them to carry out eye operations and sight-saving treatments on such a scale, we are able to deliver real and lasting change in the communities where we work.
After you’ve taken care of your loved ones in your will, we’d be very grateful if you’d consider supporting Sightsavers. Please leave the world a brighter place and leave a gift in your will to Sightsavers.
For further information about legacy giving, or to ask any questions about leaving a gift to Sightsavers, please call Declan on 01 6637666 or email [email protected]
To read about how your gift can make a lasting difference, download our free will guide using the button below.
Before having cataract surgery, Mary struggled at school, couldn’t help at home and missed out on playing with her friends and siblings.
Thanks to our supporters, Mary’s life has been transformed. She is no longer shy and withdrawn, but beaming and full of energy.
If I have a will already, how do I add to it?
Additions to your will can be made using a separate document called a codicil, which must be signed and witnessed. It must be kept with the will but not attached to it. Giving to a cause that you wish to support, such as Sightsavers, can be done by adding a codicil to an existing will.
What kind of gift should I leave?
We understand your family are your first priority, so any size gift you choose to leave us, no matter large or small, will make a difference and will be hugely appreciated. You can nominate a gift of a specific sum called a pecuniary. You can also leave a residuary gift – a portion of your estate that hasn’t been promised to family or friends. You can also select to give a specific item of value, such as stocks, shares, jewellery, property, the proceeds of a life assurance policy or other valuable items.
What details do I need to provide to include a gift to Sightsavers in my will?
When including a legacy to charity, it’s important to specify the charity’s registered name, charity number and address. These are:
Registered charity number: 20053246
Spencer House, Spencer Row, Dublin 1, D01 R9T8
Are there tax benefits to leaving a gift to Sightsavers?
Any gift you leave to a charity will be tax free. Everything you leave to family or friends above the tax threshold incurs an inheritance tax of 33%.
A donation in your will could help a child like Riya from Patna in India, one of the poorest states in the country. Riya struggled to see the blackboard in her classroom, putting her future at risk.
Thanks to a Sightsavers-funded eye screening programme at her primary school, Riya was provided with a pair of glasses to correct her vision, enabling her to continue her education.
Over the past two years, Sightsavers has helped to provide more than 750,000 pairs of glasses to children like Riya.