We don’t know what the future for children is going to look like. 30 years ago, we couldn’t have predicted the impact of the internet would have and the threats many children face today, including online grooming and cyberbullying.
That’s why the gifts people leave us in their Wills are so important. They mean we can continue to face new challenges and deliver our vital services to keep children safe into the future.
Download your free Will guide today and find out how you can become a guardian for future generations of children.
Why leave a gift in your Will?
We're here to prevent abuse. But every day more children need our help. Large or small, your legacy gifts make a difference to the young people we help. After you've taken care of the people closest to you, a gift in your Will could help us be there for every child.
Childline helps on average 650 children every day, both online and over the phone
Colin Butler recalls the exact moment Childline became part of his life. It was the summer of 1986 and he saw an advertisement in a newspaper asking for volunteers to listen to and support children in a new phone service. Children have needed Childline every day for over 35 years, and Colin has been a volunteer counsellor since day one.
“There were places a child could go to report abuse then, including the police” he says. “But it takes a brave child to do this, particularly to walk into a police station. By contrast, Childline was designed with the child in mind. I was certain it would work.”
When Childline started, most children called about sexual and physical abuse. The dominant issues today relate to mental health – self-harm, anxiety, depression and suicidal thoughts. “Counselling sessions about suicide are more than double what they were in 2010. And I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve called the emergency services about a suicide attempt.”
Childline helps on average 650 children every day, both online and over the phone.
Gifts in Wills are our second largest source of donations and the NSPCC receives about 90 per cent of its funding from the public. A gift in your Will could play a vital part in helping support our life-changing services like Childline, so we can be there for children today and tomorrow.
A legacy gift will go towards:
Get help with writing your Will
Whether you're updating your Will or creating one for the first time, we're here to help. We have a number of free and discounted Will writing offers to suit your needs.
Read our handy checklist to help get you started, as well as our suggested wording to leave a gift to the NSPCC in your Will.
Talk to us about your Will
If you're thinking about leaving a gift to the NSPCC, our friendly team are here to help.
Or if you've already left us a gift and have any questions, we'd love to hear from you.
We always recommend using a solicitor or legal professional if you're thinking of writing or amending your Will. But we can help with any questions you have about leaving a gift to the NSPCC. We can:
- discuss how you might like your gift to be spent
- arrange a visit to a local project so you can see the difference your legacy will make
- explain the different types of legacy gifts and their benefits
- talk you through our Will writing offers
- help you find a solicitor.
Other ways to support us
Help us be there
Your donation could help us be there for children when they need someone to turn to.
Volunteer for us
From volunteering at an event to supporting our services, you could join our team of volunteers and make a huge difference to children.