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Donations and legacies

If you wish to express your support for our hospital by donating to us or making a legacy, you can be sure your contribution will be appreciated and put to good use. Donations and legacies help us to continue to develop and improve our services.

Making a donation

Any donation made to our hospital will be processed in accordance with your wishes under the guidelines issued by the Charity Commission for England and Wales. Your donation can be made in a number of ways:

Donate online

You can make a donation to the work of the RNHRD / RNHRD & Therapies Centre by visiting The Forever Friends Appeal website here and specifying you would like the donation to benefit RNHRD.

Donate by post

You can donate by post. Please make your cheque, postal order or CAF voucher payable to ‘RUH Charitable Fund' and send it to:

The Forever Friends Appeal
Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust
Combe Park
Bath, BA1 3NG

Please note, if you indicate in your accompanying letter that your donation is for the RNHRD / RNHRD & Therapies Centre, the donation will be allocated as requested.

If you would like to include Gift Aid, please download and complete the Gift Aid form and return it to us with your donation.

What is Gift Aid?
This Scheme allows the RNHRD Charitable Funds to increase the value of your gift without any cost to you. Any donation made to us on which tax has been paid comes under the Gift Aid Scheme. For example, if the basic tax rate is 25%, then a gift of £75 to the ‘RNHRD Charitable Funds would be increased through Gift Aid to £100 – under the scheme we can claim the extra £25 from the Inland Revenue. This means that no matter how much tax you pay – whether on income, savings or investments – as long as you have paid enough to cover the amount deducted from your donations, we can claim it back. The Gift Aid Scheme applies to anyone who pays UK tax no matter where they live.

Leaving a legacy

Following the acquisition of the RNHRD all donations are to made to the RUH Charitable Fund (Registered charity number 1058323).  If you wish to leave a gift to the work or Research undertaken by the RNHRD, your gift will be allocated to the RNHRD & Therapies Centre following the closure of the Min. 

Whether or not you decide to leave us a gift, making a will and keeping it up to date will protect your loved ones and help you choose what happens to your property and money. Your will is one of the most important documents you will ever write, but it need not be complicated. A solicitor can help you with this, but it can be useful to think and plan ahead of your visit to them.

To leave a legacy to the work of the RNHRD / RNHRD & Therapies Centre, you can:

  • leave a specific amount or % of money;
  • leave a residue of your will.

The charity has been well supported by legacies in the past and much of our innovative research has been funded in this way.

If you have previously made a will, you may want to ask your solicitor to add a codicil to include a legacy to the hospital. If you wish to do this, your will or codicil should contain the following or very similar wording, but your solicitor would be able to advise you. If you have any problems with this, please contact Jan Witt, Legacy Officer on 01225 825819 or email

'I give to the RNHRD / RNHRD & Therapies Centre, RUH Charitable Funds (Registered Charity No 1058323),  the sum of £___.___ for its general charitable purposes and I declare that the receipt of the Treasurer of the time being of the Charity shall be a good and sufficient discharge to my Executors.'


'I give (%) of the residue of my real and personal estate which I can dispose of by Will in any manner I think proper to the RNHRD / RNHRD & Therapies Centre, RUH Charitable Funds  (Registered Charity No. 1058323), and I declare the receipt of the Treasurer or the proper officer for the time being of the Charity shall be a complete discharge to my Executors.'

If you would like to use the legacy for a particular purpose, then you can add:

'And I express the wish (but without imposing any trust to this effect) that the aforesaid gift shall if possible be used for the purposes of …….'

It is usually more helpful to us not to have particular wishes or restrictions attached to bequests made to the charity, but if you do include such a request, we will endeavour to follow your instructions as far as we possibly can.

We know that your decision to include the hospital in your will is a very private one, but if you have included a legacy to us, or are intending to do so, it would help us plan for the future if we know of your intentions. The information you provide will be kept in the strictest confidence.

If you have already included a legacy to the hospital in your will, please accept our heartfelt thanks for this wonderful gift.

Contact details

Deputy Head of Fundraising, Richard Gyde, Tel: 01225 825901 Email:

In Memory & Legacy Officer, for Bequests or leaving a gift in your Will, Jan Witt, Tel: 01225 825819 Email:

General fundraising or donation enquiries, Tel: 01225 825691 Email:

Please send donations and correspondence relating to gifts in Wills (probate and legacy administration) to:

The Charity Office (E12)
Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust
Combe Park, Bath. BA1 3NG