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How to leave a legacy gift to charity in your will

Remember a Charity in Your Will week highlights how vital legacy donations help UK charities continue their important work.

10-16 September is Remember a Charity week, which encourages people in the UK to leave a gift to charity in their will. Many charities couldn’t exist and continue their important work without legacy gifts left to them in the wills of supporters.

Remember a Charity in Your Will is a collaboration between over 200 UK charities. Member charities include medical research projects, animal welfare organisations, homeless charities and museums – to name but a few. Together they raise awareness of the importance of legacy donations.

This year, Remember a Charity is launching a Human, the world’s first charity-powered search engine.

How does it work? Users can explore some of life’s biggest questions with the unique search engine and find video answers from charities. Users can find answers to questions like ‘How can we cure the deadliest common cancers?’ and ‘How can we help every animal find a home?’

“This campaign has been designed to showcase just how vital charities are in responding to many of the world’s biggest problems and how legacies can help combat those issues,” said Rob Cope, Director of Remember A Charity.

“It will encourage the public to think about their deepest concerns for the world we live in and to consider leaving a gift in their will.

“For charities, it’s a unique opportunity to talk with supporters about the importance of charitable bequests when it comes to enabling them to achieve their goals.”

How to leave a legacy gift in your will

If you want to leave a legacy donation in your will, the amount can be as large or small as you like. Your will should clearly outline how much you want to donate, as well as including the official charity name, address and registered charity number.

If you don’t have one, there’s plenty of reasons why you should write a will. If you’re estate is straightforward, you may be able to write it yourself, but it’s generally a good idea to consult with a will-writing advisor.

If you’ve already got a will, you can write a new one to include your legacy donation. This will make all past wills null and void. Alternatively, you can add a codicil to your existing will. This allows you to add to the will without totally rewriting it. It’s best to seek professional advice when updating a will, to ensure that there is no conflict with past wills and codicils.

Remember a Charity has lots of useful resources to help you understand will writing. You can also find a solicitor online to help you write your will.

If you’re writing a will or planning for the future, a funeral plan from Avalon can help you arrange your final farewell in advance and secure the funeral director fees at today’s price. Find out more about funeral plans and how you can make funeral arrangements in advance.


About the author

With a Masters from the University of Bristol, Jessica Hanson has worked in the funeral sector for several years, following the latest industry trends and writing about end of life planning. Jessica has previously written as a blogger for the Huffington Post, covering topics such as death positivity, understanding grief and how funerals are changing. You can find Jessica on LinkedIn and Twitter.