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A gift in your will to St Helen and St Katharine

Generations of Old Girls are able to say that their lives were changed because support towards school fees enabled them to access an education at St Helen and St Katharine that would not have been possible otherwise.

We remain passionate about continuing to offer young women the same life-changing experience.

Make a lasting difference

Our vision is to welcome young women to our school who will realise their potential and flourish in the enriching environment of a St Helen’s education – regardless of their family’s ability to afford the fees. Leaving a gift in your will gives you the chance to make a lasting impact on the lives of such young women.

Legacies left by Old Girls and friends of St Helen’s are the foundation for broadening access to St Helen’s because they mean we can build on our commitment to bursaries beyond the next five to ten years.

Why leave a legacy?

"I was a ‘Scholarship girl’ in the 1960s through the direct grant scheme. I would not otherwise have been able to attend St Helen’s and my life may have taken a lesser path. The School helped me to discover and develop my talents, and I gained an ability to express myself with a confidence which has never left me. By leaving a legacy in my will, I hope that another girl, sometime in the future, will be able to discover herself, as I did."

Myra Jones (1968 leaver)

Legacy gifts of all sizes have the power to make a big difference

A legacy is often the greatest and most meaningful donation that anyone makes. Just about anyone can pledge a legacy gift and remembering the School in your will is more straightforward than you might think. We understand that looking after your loved ones will be your first priority, but we would be truly grateful if you would consider making provision for the School if possible.

Helping you with the next steps

There are a number of ways you can make a legacy gift to St Helen and St Katharine and your solicitor will advise you on your options.  We can provide you with suggested wording for you and your solicitor to review. You can add St Helen’s to an existing will by means of a Codicil Form, which we can provide on request.

Types of legacy gifts

Residuary legacy

Bequests to the School are often received as a percentage or share of the estate that is left over once loved ones have been provided

for. This type of gift cannot be eroded by inflation as it is not a specific sum.

Pecuniary legacy

A gift of a specific sum of money. To protect the gift against inflation, this can be index-linked to maintain its current value.

Reversionary legacy

The School can be named as a secondary beneficiary in a reversionary legacy, which means you can leave assets to a named individual for them to benefit from and the

gift will ‘revert’ to St Helen’s once the original beneficiary dies.

Specific bequest

Other types of gift include a tax-free gift of land, buildings, shares or personal property, or a combination of these.

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