How To Get Involved

BANKING DETAILS

Bank - First National Bank
Branch - Boom Street
Branch Code - 221325
Account No - 50933098135
Account Name - Pietermaritzburg Mental Health  Society

DEBIT ORDER

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HOW TO HELP

There are many different ways to support our work – from donating cash, gifts in kind and time.

In whichever way you want to get involved, know that you are making a valuable contribution to the nation's Mental Health – as well as helping to support those who suffer from Mental Illness or disability.

Here are a few ideas:

Make an immediate donation – with a direct deposit or debit order facility, please send a copy of your deposit so that we can thank you for your kind donation;

Donate gifts in kind – particularly any item from our Wish List on this page;

Buy a sticker for Casual Day, and wear it to work on the first Friday in September. Not only will you be helping to raise funds for us - you'll also help spread awareness of Mental Health issues;

Leave a legacy to the Pietermaritzburg Mental Health Society in your Will;

Join our newsletter list - simply fill in your name and address in the column alongside and hit submit';

Tell others about us - by reading our newsletter and clicking the 'Share' button to forward it to your friends.

LEAVING A BEQUEST

When you draw up your Will, have you ever considered making a charitable bequest that will change the world for the less fortunate?

Pietermaritzburg Mental Health Society is committed to helping the mentally disabled and bettering their quality of life. The Society will celebrate their 70th anniversary in 2015 and have assisted hundreds of mental health care users during their existence.

Your bequest will enable us to continue striving for an inclusive society and an end to discrimination against those with intellectual disability or psychiatric illness.

If a generous bequest in your Will provided lifelong care for someone affected with severe intellectual disability ... or enabled someone affected by mental health problems gain the skills that allow them the dignity of work in the open labour market – you would certainly be helping to make the world a better place.

You may think that you have nothing much to leave. But if you take into account the value of your home, furniture, motor vehicle, life insurance and so on, the total may surprise you! The best thing about including a charitable bequest in your Will is that you don't have to spend any of your money now. Only when you no longer need it, will it be put to work to give someone else the chance of a better life.

Types of bequests
There are many different ways of structuring a bequest. You can leave:

A specific sum of money or item (such as your home or vehicle). Although this is the simplest form of bequest, it makes no allowance for the effects of inflation or changes in the value of your estate. If you choose this type of bequest, you need review your Will regularly to make sure you are not giving away money or items you no longer possess.

A percentage. This ensures a fair distribution amongst all your beneficiaries, regardless of any changes in the value of your estate.

The residue (or a percentage of it). The residue is what is left over after funeral expenses, taxes and other bequests have been paid. You can leave the entire residue to a single beneficiary, or apportion it among several beneficiaries.

A Life Insurance Policy - this can be ceded to an organisation like Pietermaritzburg Mental Health. Or you could take out a new policy, naming Pietermaritzburg Mental Health as the beneficiary.

Charitable bequests are exempt from tax and can help reduce estate duty, as they are deducted from the value of your estate before tax is calculated. Please consult a qualified professional – an accountant, financial planner or attorney – before making or changing your Will. They will advise you on how best to structure your bequest and ensure that all documents are legally worded and witnessed.

If you have already made a bequest to our organisation, please do let us know, as we prefer to have the chance to say a discreet thank you now, rather than thank your executors later.

There’s no obligation and you may change your mind at a later date, but it will help us with our future planning.  Be assured that any information you give us will be treated in strict confidence.

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