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Please, leave us a legacy!

Please, leave us a legacy!

Mary was a member of our core team for many years. Read her story here!

Many women and men who want to support us cannot do so during their lifetime because they have to guard themselves against unforseen social or medical expenses.

However, they realise that our work will benefit their children and grandchildren. At least such future generations should see the so much needed church reforms, especially the ordination of women.

By making a will and leaving us a legacy they make sure that their vision continues to inspire their children and grandchildren after their death and so will have a lasting impact.

  • What types of legacies can you leave Housetop?
  • Legal wording for various kinds of Bequest

What types of legacies can you leave Housetop?

There are three main types of legacies:

  • a residuary legacy which is the gift of all or part of the residue of your estate. The residue is what is left after all debts, taxes, costs and specific and pecuniary bequests have been paid.
  • a pecuniary legacy which is a specific sum of money.
  • a specific bequest which is a specific item (such as jewelry).

Legal wording for various kinds of Bequest

Residuary bequest

“I give all (or a ....% share of) the residue of my estate to Housetop Care Limited, Charity No 1053251 to be used for its Women Priests' campaign and I declare that the receipt of their Treasurer or other proper officer shall be a full and sufficient discharge.”

Pecuniary bequest

“I give free of tax to Housetop Care Limited, Charity No 1053251 the sum of [words and figures] to be used for its Women Priests' campaign, and I declare that the receipt of their Treasurer or other proper officer shall be a full and sufficient discharge.”

A codicil [= an addition to a Will]

“ I [Name] of [Address] declare this to be a (first/second/etc.) codicil to my will dated [date] . In addition to any legacies given in my said will I give Housetop Care Limited, Charity No 1053251, 111A High Street, Rickmansworth, Herts WD3 1AN, UK, the sum of [amount] ( or specific item to be given) to be used for its Women Priests' campaign and I declare that the receipt of the Treasurer or duly authorised officer shall be a full and sufficient discharge. In all other respects I confirm my said will and any other codicils thereto. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand this [number] day of [month/year].”
[Your signature]
“Signed by the said [name] as a codicil to his/her last will in the presence of us who at his/her request in his/her presence and of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses”
[Signatures, Names and Addresses of both witnesses]

Make sure that your commitment to see women ordained priests in the Catholic Church, will live after you!

For details about Housetop Care Limited, its charitable status and address, click here!


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Wijngaards Institute for Catholic ResearchThis website is maintained by the Wijngaards Institute for Catholic Research.

The Institute is known for issuing academic reports and statements on relevant issues in the Church. These have included scholars' declarations on the need of collegiality in the exercise of church authority, on the ethics of using contraceptives in marriage and the urgency of re-instating the sacramental diaconate of women.

Visit also our websites:Women Deacons, The Body is Sacred and Mystery and Beyond.

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