The French Hospital Almshouses

· SUPPORTING PEOPLE IN NEED SINCE 1718 ·

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As a charity, your financial support enables us to maintain, upgrade and expand our buildings and improve the quality of life for our residents. With your help we can continue delivering excellence in independent living, engage our residents more with their local community and help residents develop their skills and interests. Our three key priorities are:

  • Upgrading our existing buildings and facilities to meet or exceed current benchmarks for almshouse accommodation
  • Creating more opportunities for residents to live a fully engaged life
  • Expanding our facilities to increase the number of flats available to those in need

There are several ways that you can show your support for The French Hospital including:

Make a donation

Donations from our supporters enable The French Hospital to provide a safe and secure home for people in need and build a thriving community too. You can make a donation to The French Hospital in a variety of ways and your support is so appreciated.

Cheque or CAF voucher donations: Please make the cheque or voucher payable to The French Hospital and post to:

The French Hospital
41 La Providence
Rochester
Kent
ME1 1NB

If you’re a UK taxpayer, please complete our Gift Aid Form to help your donation go even further – at no extra cost to you.

Debit or credit card donations: Donating by debit or credit card is quick and easy using our MyDonate page to make your donation. Don’t forget to click the Gift Aid box if you’re an UK taxpayer to help us claim an extra 25% of your generous gift from the government.

Standing Orders: Regular gifts help us plan for the future and are an incredible way to show your support for The French and play a vital role in our ability to provide safe and secure homes for those in need. You can set up a regular Standing Order donation by downloading, completing our Standing Order Form and sending to us. We’ll then contact your bank or building society to arrange the Standing Order. You may also be able to set up a Standing Order through your online banking. If you choose to set up a Standing Order in this way, please complete our Standing Order Form and return to us.

Gift Aid: Gift Aid is a simple way to increase the value of your gift to The French Hospital whatever way you give – at no extra cost to you. If you pay tax in the UK we can reclaim the tax on your gift. For example, if you donate £100, it is worth £125 to us. If you are a UK taxpayer, please tick and date the Gift Aid declaration to help us reclaim tax on your donation. You can download and print a Gift Aid Form here. Once completed, please send to:

Fundraising Manager
The French Hospital
41 La Providence
Rochester
Kent
ME1 1NB

If your circumstances change, or you wish to cancel your Gift Aid declaration at any time, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Get involved

It’s really simple to organise a fundraising event in support of The French Hospital. It may be your gift of baking that entices your loved ones to your door; or that all important coffee morning, giving you a chance to catch up with friends; or a delicious dinner party. Whatever you choose to do, our friendly Fundraising Manager is here to support you all the way. To find out more about organising your own event, please contact Vanessa Weddell on 01634843107 or email us today.

Leave a legacy to The French Hospital in your Will

Leaving a gift in your Will is a special way of ensuring we’ll be here for future generations of Huguenots in need. Legacy gifts can play a significant part in the support we provide for people in need. These gifts make the long-term future of The French Hospital possible, leading to improved facilities, quality of life and engagement opportunities for our Residents, as well as helping us meet the growing demands of an ageing population.

A Will is an uniquely personal document which gives you peace of mind in knowing that your final wishes will be carried out. A Will ensures that those you love and care about are provided for in the future, and it is an opportunity for you to help causes that you have supported during your lifetime. Just 1% of your estate could make a real difference to our important work. Your gift to The French Hospital will cost you nothing today, and yet, it will make a world of difference to the Huguenots of tomorrow.

Including a gift to The French Hospital in your Will is something you can arrange very simply once you have decided how you wish to make a gift. We recommend using a solicitor or professional Will writer to draft your Will. To make sure your wishes are carried out, it’s important to include our full name, address and registered charity number:

The French Hospital
41 La Providence
Rochester
Kent
ME1 1NB

Registered charity number 219318

There are different ways of leaving a gift in your Will:

A residuary legacy is a way of leaving a proportion of your estate (the total value of all property and assets), once all gifts to loved ones have been made. It will not lose its value over time, and if you leave a proportion to us, you can still ensure your family and friends are taken care of first.

A pecuniary legacy is a gift of a fixed sum of money. It is worth remembering though, that it will lose value over time due to inflation, unless you review your Will regularly, or link the sum with inflation.

A specific legacy is the gift of a tangible item, such as a valuable possession, house or shares.

For more information on leaving a gift to The French Hospital in your Will, or to request your free Legacy Pack, please contact Vanessa Weddell on 01634 843107 or via e-mail at fundraising@frenchhospital.org.uk.

If you have already written The French Hospital into your Will, please do let us know of your intentions so that we can thank you for your support.

Volunteer your time

We occasionally seek volunteers at our head office in Rochester to support our activities. Opportunities vary from helping with mailings, data entry, fundraising support and expert advice or support in specific areas. If you’re interested in volunteering at The French Hospital, please contact Vanessa Weddell, Fundraising Manager on 01634843107 or email us.

Join our Friends Group

Support from our Friends group enables our residents to take part in the Anniversary Celebration in June and a special Christmas lunch too. These occasions are wonderful opportunities to bring our residents together in celebration of the work of The French Hospital. Support from Friends in 2015-2016 will continue to support our annual events, as well as help us build links within the local community to enrich the lives of our Residents, and improve our facilities. See more on our Friends page.

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