Give in will

Give in Will


A bequest or legacy is a gift left in your will that will support the Stroke Foundation’s work for years to come.


Make a lasting difference

A bequest or legacy is a gift left in your will and is a simple and effective way of supporting us beyond your lifetime. While a gift in your will has no effect on your financial situation now, it will mean so much to the people that we care for.

With your help and support, we can continue our work to reduce the incidence of stroke, improve access to effective medical treatment, and support stroke survivors and their families. Leaving a gift in your will is a wonderful way to help make a lasting difference and be recognised for your commitment.

Read our Gift in Wills brochure.

Leaving a bequest

If you are considering leaving a gift or would like to talk about what is involved and how this can help the Stroke Foundation, please contact us on 0800 STROKE (0800 78 76 53) or email 

If you already have a will

If you would like to include a gift to the Stroke Foundation in your existing will, you can make a simple modification by adding a codicil (a supplement that is intended to alter or modify a will). To make sure that your codicil is legal, we recommend it is done through your legal advisor.

If you do not yet have a will

Every adult should have a valid and current will. It can give you peace of mind, knowing that your wishes for family, friends and community organisations important to you have been identified and will be addressed after your death.

Your will is a legal document and we strongly recommend that you have it prepared by a lawyer so that it is worded and signed correctly and is legally binding. This ensures that your estate can be distributed in accordance with your wishes.



Sample wording for a bequest

I give to the Stroke Foundation of New Zealand the sum of $XXX/residue of my estate/description of property or assets for:

a. its general purposes OR
b. the specific purpose of [insert here].1

And I declare that a receipt given by the Chief Executive Officer or an authorised officer of the Stroke Foundation of New Zealand shall be a full and sufficient discharge to my trustees.

Please discuss any specific purpose with the Foundation prior to making your will, as it is important to ensure that there will be no difficulty in using the bequest for that purpose.



Why we would like to know if you make a bequest

We would like to know if you are going to leave a bequest to the Stroke Foundation simply so that we may have the opportunity to thank you and to make suitable acknowledgment of your generous giving during your lifetime. It also greatly assists us with our planning. We do not want to know the details of your bequest - just that you have included us in your will.

If you would like to let us know that you have left a gift in your will, please send an email to or phone 0800 STROKE (0800 78 76 53) or write to our Bequest Ambassador at our National Office.

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