Tweddle Bequests

Leaving a Bequest

Leaving a bequest to Tweddle Child + Family Health Service

Every year Tweddle helps over 4,000 families in need.  Many of the families that turn to us are in crisis. They are facing multiple problems that require the sort of early intervention that strengthens a family’s ability to cope.  Everyone that has been helped by a program since Tweddle’s origins in 1920 can thank philanthropy. 

It was Joseph Thornton Tweddle (1865-1943), businessman and philanthropist who became aware of the work of Maude Primrose (promoter of the Truby King or Plunket system of baby health care) and of Dr J. W. Springthorpe.  As a result he financed the establishment of Tweddle Hospital for Babies and School of Mothercraft as the training centre for Plunket and Primrose nurses.  93 years later, philanthropy, bequests and donations are just as important as ever. 

Tweddle is partially State Government funded however it is the additional donations and grants that allow us to extend our work into the community, provide research to measure and improve our services and to purchase equipment for children and families.  A bequest to Tweddle will directly assist the thousands of vulnerable families that turn to us every year for help.

Leaving a bequest to Tweddle

Leaving a bequest to charity means that you have the use of your funds or property during your lifetime, and leave part or all of your money or property to a charity after your death. You may choose to leave a particular asset or a specified sum of money to your chosen charity or charities, or you can leave a percentage of your total estate, or a percentage of the residue of your estate, which means that you can ensure family and friends are provided for as well as benefiting the charity of your choice.

You may choose to leave your bequest freely - "no strings attached" - so that the charity can apply the money to the area of most need. It is also possible to leave a bequest with a specification that it is used for a particular purpose - for example, for resources or capacity building for clinical staff. In this case, it is important to ensure that you are not leaving the charity more trouble than assistance. Making a bequest of a historic building, specifying that it must be used for a particular purpose, but not leaving any money for the maintenance and rates can be placing a burden upon that charity. It may be wise to speak to the charity beforehand to discuss your plans.

More information on bequests and other options for planned giving are available in A Guide to Giving for Australians.

Suggested wording for your bequest

This is one example of a suggested wording for a bequest to Tweddle, but it is only a suggestion. Your solicitor will also be able to assist you in this regard.

"I bequeath to Tweddle Child + Family Health Service of 53 Adelaide Street Footscray for its general purposes [(the whole) or (a specific amount or gift) or (a percentage) or (the residue)] of my estate free of all duties, and I declare that the receipt of its treasurer or other authorised officer shall be sufficient discharge to my executor.” 

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