Leaving a Gift in Will – What an Amazing Way to be Remembered!

Why Remember Open Sight in your Will

For nearly a century, Open Sight Hampshire has been providing life changing support for adults, children and families whose lives have been affected by sight loss and legacy gifts have made this possible.

By leaving us just 1% of your Will, you can make a wonderful difference to future generations of people who are blind or visually impaired through whose lives and achievements your memory will live on.

“My mother and I would like to thank the team for all the help they have given to help my mum live an independent life. It’s not easy for her now that dad has died – he was her “eyes.” Nevertheless she is trying to cope and with your help and the gadgets provided will make a huge difference – being blind is not easy – probably the hardest disability I think. Again, thank you. I think we have an outcome thank goodness! ”     Service user   

“Open Sight It’s a Saviour”   Margret Ongley 87

“Fantastic service and staff. I now have the confidence to go out and make friends. Every Visually Impaired person needs you!”      Zoe Hanscombe

Making or changing your Will is easier than you think.

How do I go about making a Will?

It is best to get a professionally trained solicitor to create your Will. Making a Will can be a complex process and there are various legal formalities you need to follow to make sure that your Will is valid. Without the help of an expert, there’s a real risk you could make a mistake, which could cause problems for your family and friends after your death.

You can find a solicitor on the Law Society’s Find a Solicitor website at or by calling them on 020 7320 5650.

I already have a Will

If you already have a Will, it’s a good idea to review it regularly to make sure that it still reflects your wishes, especially if there’s been a change in your personal or financial circumstances. While it’s possible to make some changes to your existing Will with a codicil, it is now considered best practice to create a new Will as the best way to avoid errors or disputes.

What type of legacy gift can I leave?

There are four main types of gifts commonly left to a charity in a Will:

  • A Share or Percentage of an estate also known a residuary gift. Percentage shares don’t lose value over time so are the most valuable way to give.
  • A Cash Sum – also known as a pecuniary gift.
  • A Specific Named Item for example, a work of art, this is also known as a specific request.
  • A Contingent Benefit – this is a gift that is dependent on other factors, such as the donor outliving all other beneficiaries. 

How do I leave a Gift in Will to Open Sight Hampshire?

  • State in your Will that you would like to leave a Gift to Open Sight Hampshire.
  • Include our full name Open Sight Hampshire, our address 25, Church Road, Bishopstoke, Eastleigh, Hampshire SO50 6BL and our charity number (1055498).

Leaving as little as 1% in your Will is a fantastic way of helping future generations of people with sight loss.

Will leaving a Gift-in-Will to charity help my Family and Friends?

As well as helping the named charity, the value of your gift will be deducted from your estate before inheritance tax is worked out. In some cases this may help bring the total value of your estate below the taxable threshold. For further information on inheritance tax please visit or talk to your solicitor.

If you have any further questions or would like to know more about leaving a gift in your Will, please contact Terry on  02380 6460377 or email him at

Our Promise to You

We promise to use your gift wisely and prudently.

If you want your gift to be used in a special way, we will honour your wish.

If you have already included Open Sight in your Will we’d love to know so that we can say thank you but we respect your right to privacy absolutely and will never ask you about your intentions or about the size or type of gift if you chose to support our work in this way.

We fully understand that your personal circumstances may change and that there may come a time when you must take Open Sight out of your Will.

We will never put pressure on you to give a gift in your will – it is entirely your decision.