Gift in Will

Leaving a gift in your will (or bequest) to Lifeline is a very special act of kindness and a lasting gift that can serve the community well into the future.

Lifeline has been helping New Zealanders for over half a century and relies on the generosity of the public to provide its much-needed services. With your support, we will continue to be here for generations to come.

Anyone can leave a bequest and whatever the size of your gift, it will make a positive difference.

If you’d like to discuss leaving a bequest or would like more information about how your gift will make a difference, please contact Vivienne Riddell:

Ph: 09 520 8628 or 021 329 938

Enquiries will be treated in confidence.

Whether you are making a will for the first time or updating your current will, and after you have provided for your loved ones, we hope you will leave a gift to Lifeline – a service provided by Presbyterian Support Northern – thank you!


Preparing your Will

To leave a gift in your will, it’s important to seek out qualified advice from a solicitor to help make sure your wishes are clearly known.

Types of Gifts / Bequests

Gifts in wills can be made in a number of ways, for example:

  • Residual: a gift from the remainder of your estate, after providing for your loved ones and settling any taxes and charges.
  • Percentage:a specified percentage of your estate.
  • Specific/ pecuniary: a specified amount of money, real estate, jewellery, stocks or shares or any such other gift you nominate.
  • Whole estate: an entire estate is usually left by someone without beneficiaries or who wants to achieve something very significant.

Bequests ‘for general purposes’ will allow us to use your gift where it’s needed most, or you can specify an area of our work that is of special interest to you if you wish.

The difference your gift will make

Your bequest could be used long into the future to support our services throughout Aotearoa New Zealand.

 Ways your gift can help:

  • Supporting Lifeline’s telephone and text counselling services
  • Providing volunteer counsellor training
  • Funding projects

Lifeline is committed to providing a safe, effective and confidential service to support the emotional and mental well-being of our callers and communities.

Volunteer counsellors undergo world-class counselling training and supervision, providing a caring and professional service to a wide range of people in need. They deal with many kinds of issues including psychological and emotional distress, financial and work issues, marriage and family problems and with callers who are lonely, ill, depressed or the victims of violence or abuse.

Can I change my mind later?
Yes, even if you have made a will you can make changes or additions to it at any time. Your solicitor will be able to advise you.
For executors and solicitors

If you are helping someone prepare a will or add to their existing will, please use this wording:

“I give to Lifeline – a service provided by Presbyterian Support (Northern) the sum of $XXX (or the residue of my estate, or a percentage of my estate) for its general purposes. I declare that the official receipt of Presbyterian Support (Northern) will be sufficient receipt and discharge for my trustees.”

Our Charities Commission number is CC21532.

Give in memory of a loved one

Donating in memory is a special way of honouring the life of a loved one while extending a supportive hand to others.

Many families find comfort in choosing Lifeline Aotearoa as the beneficiary of donations in lieu of flowers.

By creating a personal tribute page, your friends and family can make donations and leave personal messages online. A page takes only a few minutes to build and is a lasting way to commemorate and remember your loved one. All donations made in memory to Lifeline will assist in the provision of our services.

Learn more about creating a tribute page here.