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Donate to the Society of Occupational Medicine
As a registered Charity we accept donations to support our work. Please contact us if you wish to make a donation.

Professor Tar-Ching Aw research memorial fund
The Society of Occupational Medicine was greatly saddened to hear of the death of Professor Tar-Ching Aw. He trained as a medical doctor and completed a Masters degree in Occupational Medicine, and a PhD at the University of London before embarking on residency training in Preventive Medicine under the Epidemic Intelligence Service program of the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, USA. In 2007, he moved from the University of Kent in Canterbury, UK where he was Professor of Occupational Medicine to be Chair of the Department of Community Medicine at the United Arab Emirates University. His previous appointments were at the Institute of Occupational Health, University of Birmingham, UK and at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health in Cincinnati, USA. Professor Aw has served as WHO and ILO consultant, elected Board member of the International Commission on Occupational Health and elected board member of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine.

With the consent of the family, the Society of Occupational Medicine will be receiving donations for an occupational health research fund in his memory. Donations will be used for much needed research grants in occupational health in the UK and globally. All funds received will go to a restricted fund for this purpose and SOM will create an independent expert group to advise on use of funds. Cheques can be sent to:

The Society of Occupational Medicine
20 Little Britain

SOM can also receive card donations by phone (call 0203 478 1041) and can claim gift aid for UK taxpayers.

Leaving a gift to the SOM in your Will
Please also consider leaving a gift to the SOM in your will. A gift is an ideal way of making a statement about the values you hold, and leaving a legacy is one of the best ways to support work that you care about and to ensure that it continues. Any gift left to a charitable organisation are free of Inheritance Tax. We welcome bequests from supporters all over the world.

What we’ll do with any donation or bequest
The SOM is committed to promoting occupational health and medicine, and to encouraging more healthcare professionals to seek a career in the specialty. We aim to raise more interest in work and health.
Because the SOM’s strategic priorities change over time we prefer legacies to be left for the general purposes of the Society; allowing us to readily adapt to the changing needs of the profession. Alternatively, bequests can occur to the wider areas of research, education, and international activities or for enhancement of existing endowments such as the Golden Jubilee fund would allow us to honour your intentions while giving us some flexibility in deciding how this can best be achieved. If you do wish to leave a gift for a particular area of our work, please consider expressing this as a preference, rather than a condition. The Society will do everything it can to honour that preference.
Please contact us if you have a specific purpose in mind for your gift. This will ensure that the use of your bequest meets your wishes whilst supporting the aims of the SOM.
Whatever the amount, a gift in your will or otherwise to the SOM enhances our capacity to make a real difference to occupational health.

Wills: How to do it
We recommend that you make your will in consultation with a solicitor or other professional advisor who is expressly qualified to make wills. A gift may take the form of a:

  • pecuniary legacy – a gift of a specified sum of money.
  • residual legacy – a gift of all or part of the remainder of your estate after legacies and charges have been met.
  • reversionary bequest – a gift of an asset, such as a house or a fund that can be enjoyed by a chosen beneficiary during his or her lifetime before reverting to the SOM.

If you already have a will, adding a codicil allows you to make changes without having to rewrite the entire document.

Wills: Suggested wording
The following are examples of what you need to write in your will. We recommend that you draft your will in consultation with a qualified solicitor.

For pecuniary or specific legacies:
‘I give to the Society of Occupational Medicine (Registered Charity Number 268555 England and Wales, and SC01935, Scotland) a pecuniary / specific legacy free of all taxes of £XX for its charitable purposes, and I declare that the receipt by of the Treasurer or other authorised officer will be a sufficient discharge to my executor/s.’

For residuary legacies:
‘I give to the Society of Occupational Medicine (Registered Charity Number 268555 England and Wales, and SC01935, Scotland) the whole (or a X% share) of my residuary estate for its charitable purposes, and I declare that the receipt of the Treasurer or other authorised officer will be sufficient discharge to my executor/s.’

Reversionary legacies should be drafted in consultation with a solicitor.

Updating your will
If you have already made a will and the only change you want to make is to include a bequest to the SOM, you can do so by completing a codicil. The codicil can be completed at any time and becomes a legal document when signed in the presence of two adult witnesses (not relatives). We recommend you speak to your solicitor or other qualified professional about making such changes.

Let us know
Please tell us if you have decided to leave a bequest so that we can thank you and keep you up to date about our work. Any information you provide will be treated in strict confidence and will be not legally binding. However, we respect your privacy and know that it’s a deeply personal decision; so, there is no pressure to notify us and you can remain anonymous if you prefer to do so.