A gift in your Will can help us rebuild lives and restore hope in Iraq

After the horrors of ISIS in Iraq there is hope for the future. We are witnesses to the courage and resilience of those who are returning to their devastated villages in the Nineveh Plain. They need our help to build a sustainable future there, but they have the determination to succeed.

When ISIS annexed northern Iraq, they gave the Christians there three choices – pay a tax, convert to Islam, or be killed. We don’t know how many paid the tax or converted but a significant number were killed, often by beheading or crucifixion. Many of other faiths suffered a similar fate. While the spectre of public executions got the world’s attention, the international community did very little to help the Christians, or indeed the Yazidis.

The plight of Iraq’s minorities often seems bleak but there is hope. With your support, we are assisting thousands of Christian families in Iraqi Kurdistan and Jordan, as well as Muslims, Yazidis and Shabaks. Through our church partners on the ground, we continue to feed and clothe those most in need. We are also working across religious divides to build better understanding. We are lobbying governments both home and abroad to do more to help. Our ‘Voices of Iraq‘ project gives a platform for the dispossessed to tell their stories while our Nineveh SEED programme will provide long-term employment opportunities in the Nineveh Plain.

The donations you give us are invaluable. They sustain and help our projects grow. Without your support, we wouldn’t be able to fund football in Harsham IDP camp or St George’s Clinic in Baghdad. But how can you help support our work in the future?

Leaving a legacy

By remembering us in your will, you can ensure that we can continue to help rebuild lives and restore hope. Your legacy or bequest will also mean that you can take advantage of the tax privileges that are available to encourage such support. Legacies or bequests to a charity can reduce or eliminate the tax payable on the balance of any estate and are themselves totally exempt from inheritance tax.

How do I make a will?

Although it is possible to write a will by yourself, it is advisable to use a solicitor as there are various legal formalities you need to follow to make sure that your will is valid. You may need legal advice for more complicated matters. A solicitor can also advise you about how inheritance tax affects you and your loved ones.

Do we need to know your intentions?

We understand that the business of making a will is a very sensitive matter and it is completely voluntary for you to disclose details of your intentions.

Wording for a legacy 

If you choose to make your own will, the following wording would be appropriate to leave a legacy:

I hereby bequeath to The Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East, Registered Charity No. 1133576, FRRME, PO Box 229, Petersfield, Hampshire, GU32 9DL, the sum of £…… free from all taxes and other fiscal impositions for its general purposes and I direct that the receipt of the Treasurer or other proper officer for the time being shall be sufficient discharge for my executors. 

If you are amending an existing will, all you will need is a simple codicil:

By this codicil to my last Will I hereby bequeath to the Trustees of The Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East, Registered Charity No. 1133576, FRRME, PO Box 229, Petersfield, Hampshire, GU32 9DL, sum of £…… free from all taxes and other fiscal impositions for its general purposes and I direct that the receipt of the Treasurer or other proper officer for the time being shall be sufficient discharge for my executors. 

Thank you for your interest in leaving a legacy. Your support will ensure that Iraqi Christians and other persecuted minorities continue to receive our help.