Leaving a gift in your Will to Sweet Louise can help ensure that every New Zealander living with incurable breast cancer can live as positively as possible, for as long as possible.
We all have financial commitments, which means we can’t always do as much as we would like to help others. A gift in your Will is an opportunity to give more than you might have been able to give in your lifetime, providing comfort, care and compassion for New Zealanders with incurable breast cancer long into the future.
If you would like to talk about your decision or find out more about leaving a gift in your Will, please contact us on 0800 793 385 or [email protected]. We would love to hear from you.
In recognition of your incredible commitment and support we will record your details in our special Tribute Book and you will become a member of a very special group of people and recognised as a ‘Friend of Sweet Louise’.
If you already have a Will, it is simple to update it to include Sweet Louise by adding a codicil to your Will. You can download and print our codicil form, which includes three simple step instructions on leaving a gift in your Will.
Get in touch
If you are considering leaving a gift to Sweet Louise in your Will, you can download and return the pledge form to let us know about your intentions or to request further information. Anything you discuss with us will remain strictly confidential.
A lasting difference
Janet Mikkelsen is Louise’s older sister and has been on our Board of Trustees since Sweet Louise began almost 15 years ago.
“We were a close family growing up. Louise was fiercely independent and full of life.
“Not many people knew how sick Louise really was. Two weeks before she died, Louise went to her book club, even though she had to take her oxygen tank.
“Louise didn’t want to be defined by her cancer. Every day she did something for her that didn’t focus on the cancer. But there weren’t any support groups for Louise – she was only 29 – so much younger than most.
“After Louise died, her experience inspired us to help Kiwis with incurable breast cancer focus on the quality not the quantity of their lives.
“We held focus groups to find out what support New Zealanders needed. I was involved in hiring the first Support Coordinators – our frontline health and support workers. My family used to send out the newsletters and I set up the first volunteer group. We started just supporting women in Auckland, then spread to Wellington and Palmerston North, Waikato and eventually, covering the whole country.
“Today, Sweet Louise is so much bigger than my sister and my family. Because of support from , we’ve grown from a small charity to one that is helping hundreds of Kiwis and their families.
“I want Sweet Louise to continue long into the future and I am committed to those we support. That’s why I decided to leave a gift in my Will to Sweet Louise.
“I know a gift in my Will to Sweet Louise will be used with great integrity to make a lasting difference to the lives of Kiwis with incurable breast cancer.”
A gift to the future
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Find our more about leaving a gift in your Will
Writing your Will is an important and personal task that should involve a lot of time and care. Making sure your family is provided for is an essential first step. Once you’re comfortable that your family will be taken care of, it’s easy to include a charitable gift in your Will.
Four easy steps to leaving a gift in your Will
- Speak to your family. Share your wishes to provide for them as well as for those living with secondary breast cancer.
- Speak to your solicitor. If you already have a Will, you may be able to update or amend it with a codicil. If you are currently making your Will, your solicitor will give you the best advice for how to include a gift to Sweet Louise.
- Decide how you would like to share your estate. There are many different ways to leave a gift in your Will, including a specified cash gift, a percentage of your estate, or a residual gift donating the remainder of your estate after your family is provided for.
- Let us know you’re leaving a gift to Sweet Louise in your Will. We would love the opportunity to thank you during your lifetime for this amazing gift.
Information You’ll Need
If you are considering leaving a gift in your Will for Sweet Louise, you’ll need the following information when you speak to your solicitor:
Legal Charity Name: Louise Perkins Foundation
Charities Commission Number: CC31706
Postal Address: PO Box 137-343, Parnell, Auckland 1151, New Zealand
Thank you so very much for considering leaving a legacy for New Zealanders living with secondary breast cancer.
Your gift will help make sure Sweet Louise can continue to be there for those women and men who receive the terrible news that their breast cancer has spread.
If you have an existing Will, a codicil (or amendment) is needed to formalise your gift. The wording below can be used and given to your solicitor.
“I give and bequeath: (choose one)
- the sum of $XXX
- XX% of my estate
- the residue of my estate
- (a description of property or assets)
free of all charges to the Louise Perkins Foundation (PO Box 137-343, Parnell, Auckland, New Zealand) to be used where most needed, and the official receipt of the Foundation will be sufficient acknowledgement of having received this gift.”
Signature of donor and lawyer and witness of each:
How big does the gift in my Will have to be?
A bequest can be any size. We are grateful for any and all gifts, and no matter how big or small, your gift will help make a lasting difference for New Zealanders living with incurable breast cancer.
What are the different types of gifts I can leave in my Will?
There are four main types of gifts you can choose to leave to a charity.
- Residual: This is the remainder of your estate after considering your family.
- Percentage or fractional: This gift is a percentage or fraction of your estate.
- Pecuniary or specific: This is a specified gift which can be money, property or stocks and shares.
- Whole estate: This is your entire estate and is usually left by those without beneficiaries.
What is a codicil?
A codicil is an amendment to a Will. If you have already written your Will and you would like to add a gift to Sweet Louise, you may be able to amend your Will with a codicil. Your solicitor can help you make this amendment.
How will my gift be used?
Including Sweet Louise in your Will is the most precious type of gift. It will be treated with the utmost respect and care. It will be used where it’s needed most, to ensure that Sweet Louise can continue providing support and services for women and men living with incurable breast cancer.