Will Power

After ensuring loved ones are looked after, many people choose to remember charities in their Will. By choosing to leave a gift to NHS Lothian Charity, you’re saying thank you in a way that will carry on making a positive difference for our patients, their families and staff in years to come.

Gifts from Wills are incredibly powerful and crucial to making healthcare better for everyone. You could change someone’s future by supporting the ground-breaking research of our skilled clinician teams. You could keep families together longer by supporting innovative new technologies and equipment.

Hear from some of our NHS Lothian colleagues on the transformational power of gifts in wills to NHS Lothian Charity.

You may have personally experienced the great care our NHS staff provide, or perhaps you’re inspired to consider a gift in your Will in memory of a loved one. Whatever your reason, you’re saying thank you in a way that will carry on making a positive difference long after you’re gone.

Free wills partnership – Bequeathed

We have partnered with Bequeathed to offer an accessible and inclusive service where every supporter can make a free Will For Good.

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A wonderful way to say thank you

Alan Sharp chose to support the Western General Hospital with a transformational gift in his will. Flora Sharp tells us more about her late husband’s life-long passion for helping people and creating change for good. Read more of his story below.

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Alan’s story

Alan chose to support the Western General Hospital with a transformational gift in his will. We recently spoke to Flora Sharp about her late husband’s generous donation.

We have created a FREE guide which we hope you will find useful. Inside, you’ll discover practical steps for creating and updating your Will, along with the kind of things to consider when writing it.

Get your free Wills guide

Your Will can make sure that the right people get whatever you’ve decided to leave for them.

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Our promises to you

Leaving a gift to charity in your Will is an important decision. Here are our promises to you if you choose to leave a gift in your Will to NHS Lothian’s official charity:

  • We appreciate that your family and loved ones always come first
  • We’ll respect your wish to assign a gift to a particular hospital or area of NHS Lothian’s work
  • We will handle whatever gift you leave us with the utmost care, sensitivity, and respect. We will use it efficiently so that it can do the greatest good
  • We recognise you have the absolute right to change your mind about a gift in your Will at any time
  • We understand that your Will is completely personal to you. We will always respect your privacy


We’ve put together a handy guide on leaving a gift in your Will to NHS Lothian Charity.
Just so you know, this page doesn’t constitute legal advice. Please always consult a solicitor if you have legal questions.

Writing a Will gives you peace of mind that your wishes will be known and respected after your death.
If you die without a Will (this is called dying intestate), you have no say over what happens to your money or property after your death. The law will decide.

Most people would rather make that decision themselves.

If you would like to support future generations of NHS Lothian’s patients and staff, please consider mentioning NHS Lothian Charity in your Will.

You don’t need a solicitor for your Will to be valid. However, using a solicitor will ensure that your intentions are clear and legal, and it reduces the chance of problems after your death.

When leaving a gift in your Will to us, make sure to include:

  • Our full name: NHS Lothian Charity
    Our registered charity number: SC007342
    Our registered office: Lothian Health Board Endowment Fund, Waverley Gate, 2 – 4 Waterloo Place, Edinburgh, EH1 3EG

If you already have a Will, you’ll need to ask your solicitor to add a codicil to include NHS Lothian Charity.



Many people think they must be well-off to leave a legacy to charity. That’s not the case. Once you have provided for your loved ones, a gift of any size will help NHS Lothian Charity to continue to be there for patients and staff for years to come.

There are many ways you could include us in your Will.

A pecuniary legacy means stating a specific sum of money you’d like to leave to NHS Lothian Charity.

A residuary legacy is a percentage. Once you have left bequests to your family and friends, and any debts, taxes, or expenses have been paid from your estate, you could leave a percentage of the remainder to NHS Lothian Charity.

There are other ways to remember us in your Will, but they’re more complicated – we’d suggest talking to your solicitor about the full range of options.

There is no obligation to tell us if you have included us in your Will.

However, if you do want to share this information, we’d be delighted to hear from you and to have the opportunity to thank you and keep you up to date on our work.

If you have any questions about leaving a gift in your Will to NHS Lothian Charity, please feel free to email Vanessa, our Planned Giving Manager at [email protected]

Still got questions?

Get in touch with Vanessa, our Planned Giving Manager