Forty years ago, a group of people with first-hand experience of homelessness laid the foundations of our work today when they set up a shared house for homeless men in Pimlico.

They believed, as we do, that people are most likely to achieve lasting recovery when they are given the means, the opportunity and the confidence to take control of their lives and shape their own futures. SHP is their legacy.

By remembering us in your Will, you too can have a lasting impact on the lives of some of the most vulnerable and excluded people in London.

Each day we work with people who would otherwise have nowhere else to turn. As a grass-roots charity with a big reach, we make a difference to 8,000 lives every year across 20 London boroughs. 

Often that means being there for people at a critical time – whether to prevent their eviction or help them off the street; to get them into drug or alcohol treatment or support them with their mental health; or to help them find a job and a flat so that they can take the first steps toward living on their own.

Perhaps most important of all, our work restores hope to people who would otherwise feel forgotten, left behind or written off, providing a crucial foothold in their recovery journey from which they can go on to build independent and fulfilling lives.

By helping a smaller charity with 40 years of expertise in London, your legacy gift will make a direct and tangible impact, in communities you know and care about - ensuring that we can continue to be there for people when they need it most.

What can I leave to SHP?
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There are a number of different gifts you can leave. We are very grateful for any gift, no matter what size.

A Residuary Legacy is one of the best ways you can help SHP. The residue of your estate is what's left over once other gifts and payments have been made. This has several advantages: firstly, you know that you have made adequate provision for your loved ones, and that any legal costs will be paid. Secondly, you also know that whatever is left over is going to a great cause - helping to prevent homelessness and transform. You can leave all or part of the residue of your estate to charity.

A Pecuniary Legacy is a specific sum of money. The only disadvantage of leaving a pecuniary legacy is that the value of your gift can decrease over time, as the cost of living increases.

A Residuary Legacy after a partner dies allows you to ensure that a loved one is provided for for the rest of their life. Once this person passes away, your gifts will then go to your chosen beneficiaries.

Is there a minimum gift I can leave?
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No, any gift you can leave will make a genuine difference and will be very gratefully received.
I want to leave a gift in my will – What do I do next?
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That’s fantastic news, thank you very much! Below are five simple steps to helping vulnerable and socially-excluded people in London:

  1. List everything you own (including property, shares, savings, life insurance policies and valuables) and make a rough calculation of their total value.
  2. Decide which people and/or charities you wish to benefit and the types of gifts you would like to leave. Leaving a residuary gift to SHP is a great way to make sure your loved ones are taken care of, while still making a difference to vulnerable people.
  3. Choose your executors. Executors are the people named in your Will who are responsible for making sure your instructions are carried out.
  4. Visit a solicitor to have your Will drawn up. If you already have a Will and wish to add a legacy to SHP, your solicitor can help you add a codicil which can be kept with your original Will.
  5. Make a copy of your Will for future reference and keep the original in a safe place. Make sure a relative or close friend knows where your original Will is stored

If you do choose to leave a gift to SHP in your Will, please get in touch to let us know. This helps us plan for the future and we’d love to hear from you. You can call us on 020 7520 8660 or email us via our contact page.

What information will I need to provide to include SHP in my Will?
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When you speak with a solicitor, you’ll need to provide them with the following information:

Charity Address

245 Gray’s Inn Road
Registered charity number: 287779

How do I choose a solicitor?
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The cost of having a Will drawn up does vary so it’s worth shopping around. To find a trusted local solicitor, please visit The Law Society website.