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Leave a Gift in your Will

Contribute to changing the lives of those who are Deaf or hard of hearing in Nelson Tasman

Leave a Gift in your Will: FAQ


Founded in 1953, Hearing Nelson has been working hard with the help of our members and volunteers to help individuals in our region who are Deaf or hard of hearing. Our work is dedicated to improving the lives of our members and non-members through one-on-one support promoting inclusivity and accessibility. We're also involved in advocacy and education around hearing protection, especially with youth and young people.

Why leave a gift in my Will to Hearing Nelson?

Hearing loss is a growing problem. The World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates 466 million (6.1% of the world’s population) to be living with a hearing loss and more than 1 billion people (12-35 years) are at risk for hearing loss due to recreational exposure to loud sound.

In New Zealand, there are over 880,000 people living with a hearing loss with this number expected to grow. 

The mental, social and emotional effects of hearing loss have been noted in numerous studies. The daily struggle of living with a hearing loss can lead to feelings of embarrassment and frustration, depression, isolation and cognitive decline. People with a hearing loss are also two to five times more likely to develop dementia

Hearing Nelson works to improve the lives of people in our community living with a hearing loss. We offer numerous services and benefits to our members and the public at large. We are also advocates for the Deaf and hearing impaired, promoting inclusivity and accessibility.   

We work to educate people (particularly youth) about noise-induced hearing loss and how to keep their hearing safe. Global data shows that one in five young people have a hearing loss and this number is likely to double over the next 30 years. We'd like to prevent this predicted increase through educating young people and changing attitudes around safe listening.

We receive no funding from Government, so rely on the generosity of donors in order to continue to do the work that we do.

Our Board

Our board have responsibility for ensuring Hearing Nelson receives and directs philanthropic support as intended.  The board for Hearing Nelson is:

  • Emma King

  • Frans Dellebeke 

  • Herman van Gessel - Treasurer

  • Mariana Silva Algorta

You can read more about our board members here.

How do I make a bequest?

You can instruct your solicitor or professional advisor to leave a gift to Hearing Nelson in your Will using the following template. You may specify a particular purpose or project, but we encourage you to allow Hearing Nelson to apply your gift to the greatest needs at the time, as outlined in the template below.

Or, for further information on leaving a gift in you Will to Hearing Nelson, please contact Hearing Nelson on 03 548 3270  or email:

Suggested language for a bequest to Hearing Nelson:

“I give and bequeath to Hearing Association Nelson Inc, a charitable trust registered with the New Zealand Charities Commission (CC22592),

 __________________ (a specific percentage) of my estate

Or _______________ (the whole or a specific percentage) of the residue of my estate

Or $ _________________ (a specific dollar amount)

Or _________________  (describe precisely an item of property, shares or assets)

free from all duties and charges, as a contribution to Hearing Nelson to be applied to the support and education they provide for the hearing impaired community in Nelson Tasman, for which the receipt of Hearing Nelson shall be sufficient discharge to my trustees.”

Enduring generosity

A number of generous individuals have left bequests to Hearing Nelson over the last years that have allowed us to continue doing the work that we do most notably the Estate of John and Phyllis O'Brien.

Please contact us at Hearing Nelson if you have any questions about leaving a gift in your Will.

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