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A gift of legacy

Once you have looked after your loved ones, a gift in your Will is a thoughtful way to continue your legacy and ensure children, young people and their families don’t have to cope with childhood illness alone.

Thanks to our partner Safewill, Very Special Kids supporters can write their Will for 50% off. Click here for more information. 

Make a very special difference

A family are sitting outside, smiling and laughing. There are two adults and three children.For over 37 years, our team have provided holistic palliative care for children and young people with life-limiting conditions and tailored support for their families through life, death and bereavement. Our integrated approach includes emotional, clinical and practical support to improve quality of life and create positive, lasting memories for families across Victoria.

Our work is only possible thanks to the generous support of our community, especially through gifts in Wills. Every gift has the power to make an incredible difference. By choosing to continue to make a difference beyond your time, you will join a valued circle of supporters we refer to as our Very Special Guardians. Together, we can provide future generations with holistic children’s palliative care services, for the whole family.

Continuing Sister Margaret’s legacy

An older lady is sitting indoors reading a book to a boy sitting in a wheelchair. They are smiling.Sister Margaret Noone AM founded Very Special Kids in 1985 when she realised there was little support available for children and young people with life-limiting conditions, and their families. Over the years, Sister Margaret has worked tirelessly to transform paediatric palliative care, by building Australia’s first children’s hospice. The generous support from forward thinkers such as our bequestors, has given us the security to ensure hundreds of Victorian families have access to the clinical and emotional support they need to navigate all stages of childhood illness.

We invite you to help us continue Sister Margaret’s bold vision for the next generation, by upholding the highest standard of paediatric palliative care seriously-ill children and their families deserve, for years to come.

Very Special Guardian, Jenny

Two women are seated indoors, they are smiling at the camera. Behind them is a curtain with images of stars and spaceships.“My husband and I sat down one evening to discuss whether we should add Very Special Kids to our Wills; we both quickly realised that it was basically a no-brainer. We’ve been very blessed with a house, two lovely children, our gorgeous grandchildren. We feel so fortunate, especially with our health. And the children at the hospice; they weren’t born with their health. But with a gift in our Wills, we knew for a fact that we could make their lives so much better, because I’ve seen the evidence for myself for over 25 years.

So that’s why we became Very Special Guardians. And to those of you who are wondering whether to join us, I would say this: The staff are wonderful, the cause is beyond important, and the difference you’ll make for children and their families is clear to see.”

Choosing your gift of legacy

We know by having a Will, you have the power to choose how your life work can support your loved ones as you would wish. We appreciate that leaving a gift in your Will is a big decision to make, and it is important to consider what is best for yourself and your loved ones. For further information about your options in planning a gift of legacy, and the wording you can use to include a gift in your Will, click here.

Next steps: create your Will online

Safewill are a credited online Will writing platform that provides an easy and accessible way to write a legally binding Will from home. Through clear steps and prompts guided by Safewill’s legal advisers, you can feel assured that your Will has been completed correctly, as every Will is reviewed by an Australian Solicitor. If you have any queries about writing your Will online, you can reach Safewill here.

We know that Wills are not a one size fits all, and especially for those who may have more complex estates. However, if this is something that you may be interested in, we hope it may help. See more about the online Will writing platforms we are aligned with below.

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Become a Very Special Guardian

We would love to welcome you into our circle of Very Special Guardians, who have also chosen to make a difference beyond their time for vulnerable families and children with life-limiting conditions, for years to come.

Please contact our Gifts in Wills Lead, Emily Sheldon on esheldon@vsk.org.au or (03) 9804 6210, or read more about the impact as a Very Special Guardian here.