By including Sidney in your will, you can have a lasting impact on the College for years to come.

Support from alumni and friends who have left a legacy has been central to the College’s growth, providing essential support for our students, enabling us to retain the best academics and also to maintain our historical buildings.

The Lady Frances Sidney Circle

If you choose to remember Sidney in your will, we would be delighted to be able to express our appreciation during your lifetime.

The College recognises that giving through a will is a very personal matter that you may wish to keep private. However, it is useful for the College to have an indication of future legacies so that we can plan for the future.

The Lady Frances Sidney Circle gives us an opportunity to acknowledge and thank those alumni and friends of the College who have chosen to remember Sidney in their will.

Membership of the Circle, named after our founder, is offered to all those who pledge a legacy to the College, along with their partner.

We are honoured to invite our Lady Frances Sidney Circle members to a dedicated annual event to express our gratitude and we recognise their support in the Annual Appeal and Report each year. 

In addition to membership of the Lady Frances Sidney Circle, if you are based in the US you will also become eligible to join the 1209 Society, established to recognise the generosity of those who have pledged a legacy to Cambridge.

How to include the College in your will

There are several common forms of legacy and we recommend that you seek professional advice in deciding which is the most appropriate for you.

We suggest the following wording to include Sidney in your will:

I give to the Master, Fellows and Scholars of the College of the Lady Frances Sidney Sussex in the University of Cambridge (Registered Charity number 1137586) the residue/the sum of £ free of tax for the general purposes of the College. I declare that the receipt of the Bursar or other authorised officer for the time being of the College shall be a good and sufficient discharge to my Executors.

We would encourage you to continue the long tradition of leaving money for the 'general purposes of the College', as this will allow us to adapt to changing needs in the future.

However, if you prefer, you can indicate that you have an interest in a more specific direction for your gift. If that is the case, you may wish to be in touch with our Development Office who can assist with ensuring that your wishes are understood.

The College's charitable status means there are tax benefits in leaving a legacy to us.

By remembering Sidney in your will, you can reduce the taxable value of your assets, and so reduce the amount of inheritance tax on your estate. Gifts may be in the form of money, property, or other valuables.

Alumni and friends of Sidney in the USA might find it helpful to know that legacies for the benefit of Sidney Sussex College can be left to the College without any loss of tax efficiency through Cambridge in America.