Remember a Charity in your Will Week Starts Monday 9 September

Saturday, 7 September 2019

Stevenson & Marshall are proud supporters of the national campaign “Remember a Charity in your Will Week” which runs this year from 9 -15 September. This is the tenth annual awareness week designed to encourage more people to “pass on something wonderful” by leaving a gift to charity when making a Will.

Research shows that British people left an incredible £2.85 billion to charity via gifts in Wills in 2017.  This staggering figure is the equivalent of the money raised from 39 Red Nose Days.  Health and cancer charities were the biggest beneficiaries with Cancer Research UK, MacMillan Cancer Support and the British Heart Foundation in the top five, according to date from 260,000 Wills in 2016/17.  Other popular charities in Wills include the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI), the RSPCA and the National Trust.  The average amount donated to charity is £3,300 and, while most people donate to a single charity, the average number of charitable bequests in a Will is three.

Some common misconceptions about legacies

Myth Reality

My family will go without

Always look after your loved ones first, and then leave anything left to a cause you care about

Leaving money to charity involves entire estates / needs to be a large amount

Even a small amount or % of an estate can help make a huge difference

Leaving to charity is for people who didn’t have anyone else to leave it to

Gifts in Wills are relevant to everyone – it’s about leaving something to help generations to come

Writing a will/ including a charity in your Will is an expensive and complicated process

Writing a Will is really straightforward and not very expensive. It costs in the region of £150, you can get it done in an hour, and it could be the most important document you’ll ever have.

Leaving money to charity is something you agree at the end of your life

Gifts in Wills can be arranged any time you write or update your Will


Three-quarters of Britons regularly give to charity in their lifetimes, yet only 6% currently include a charity when writing a Will.   Nevertheless, gifts in Wills are still the foundation of many of Britain’s charities.  Without such income, many charities would simply not exist and others would have to cut crucial services.

Gifts to charities not only help them to continue their vital work but can also help to reduce Inheritance Tax.  Gifts to charities are exempt from Inheritance Tax and if you leave at least 10% of your net estate to charity then this cuts the rate of Inheritance Tax on your estate from 40% to 36%.

At Stevenson Marshall, we have a team of highly experienced Solicitors ready to help you make a Will.  If you would like to discuss Wills or indeed any other aspect of Lifetime Legal planning then please contact one of our Lifetime Legal team on 01383 721141.

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