A legacy is a gift left to a charity in a will.
A will is a legal document which has to comply with certain legal requirements in order to be valid, such as being signed in the presence of witnesses, and as such should ideally be drawn up by a solicitor. However making a will is relatively simple and inexpensive and can be drawn up, added to, or changed, at any time during your lifetime. If you do not have your own solicitor you can find a one in your area through the Law Society of Scotland.
Over the years the Eye Pavilion's charity fund has benefitted from several generous donations in the form of legacies. We are extremely grateful that our work in helping to preserve sight has been recognised by patients and families at such a personal level.
If you are in the position of being able to include a donation to Eyecare in your will, it is important to inform your solicitor that you wish to donate to "The Friends' Eyecare Fund administered by the Lothian Health Endowment Fund – Charity number SC 007342" so that our charity is properly identified in the will and there is no confusion over which charity is the beneficiary. If you simply leave a donation to "The Eye Pavilion" your gift may not reach us.