Leave a Legacy

By leaving a legacy to Orbis, you can give thousands of people who are blind or at risk of losing their sight their dignity, independence and the opportunity to work their way out of poverty.

Our mission -- to eliminate avoidable blindness by bringing essential knowledge and skills to ophthalmologists, nurses and health care workers in some of the world’s poorest countries -- relies entirely upon the generosity of kind supporters like yourself.

A Lifetime Legacy

A number of our supporters have chosen to make a single significant gift in their lifetime rather than make a bequest in their will. If you wish to make such a lifetime gift and would like to discuss your plans further please contact us on 020 7608 7260 or email icare@orbis.org.uk.

If you have a Will

If you already have a Will but would like to leave a gift to Orbis, you may do so by making a simple addition (codicil) to your existing Will. By adding a codicil, you may include new instructions and delete old ones without having to revoke your entire Will.

If you don't have a Will

If you don't have a Will, you may need to see a solicitor. Although you'll have to pay a fee, you'll receive sound professional advice and can rest assured that your wishes are followed.

Types of gifts

The most common types of gifts include:

  • Residuary bequest: A gift of the remainder of the estate after all other bequests have been made and debts cleared.
  • Pecuniary bequest: A gift of a fixed sum of money. The value of pecuniary legacies decreases over time as the cost of living increases.


Finding a solicitor

Orbis is a member or Remember A Charity, which has a network of well-known national firms, partners and sole practitioners who can assist anyone who is in the process of writing or updating their Will.

The network is comprised of either members of The Law Society, or those who meet Remember A Charity’s qualified Will-writing practitioner definition. Many are also accredited by The Law Society’s Wills and Inheritance Quality Scheme.

Visit the Remember A Charity website to find local solicitor or Will-writer in your area, who will be able to advise you on leaving gifts to charities.


Suggested wording

To make things simple, we have included an example of the wording your solicitor may want to use:

  • For a residuary bequest (a proportion)

I give (percent) of the residue of my estate absolutely to Orbis UK (Registered Charity No. 1061352) of Fourth Floor, Fergusson House, 124-128 City Road, London EC1V 2NJ for its general charitable purposes. I direct that the receipt of the Treasurer or other duly authorised officer shall be sufficient discharge to my executors.

  • For a pecuniary bequest (a set sum)

I give the following legacy free of tax to Orbis UK (Registered Charity No. 1061352) of Fourth Floor, Fergusson House, 124-128 City Road, London EC1V 2NJ for its general charitable purposes the sum of £_____. I direct that the receipt of the Treasurer or other duly authorised officer shall be sufficient discharge to my executors.

Where can I find out more?

Please request our free booklet on legacy giving, which describes how to make or update Wills and how to leave a gift for Orbis. Please contact us by telephone on 020 7608 7260 or by email info@orbis.org.uk

Orbis UK advises you to get in touch with a practising solicitor to draft or update your Will, see 'Finding a solicitor' section above.