How to leave a legacy gift

Whether you’re updating your will or creating one for the first time, we’re here to help.

We're so grateful you're thinking about leaving a gift to the NSPCC. By becoming a legacy guardian, you're helping to protect a generation of children from abuse. Our promises to you (PDF) demonstrate a lasting commitment to you, your family and loved ones, and the children your gift will help.

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Creating or updating your will: a checklist to get you started

Illustration of a calculator, notepad and penWriting your will for the first time may feel like a daunting task but it doesn't have to be. We have advice to help you through the process and make sure you have all the information you need.

  • Think about everything you own. This could be property or digital assets, savings and investments. Consider their value and write it all down.
  • Your family and loved ones will always come first. Make a list of the people you want to benefit from your estate.
  • Think about the causes and charities which are important to you and you may like to remember in your will.
  • If you have children under 18, think about who you would choose to be their legal guardian should you pass away before they are 18.
  • Finally, you'll need to think about who is going to manage your estate and carry out your wishes.

We always recommend using a solicitor or legal professional if you are thinking of writing or amending your will. Our range of will writing offers at free or discounted rates could help with this or visit the Law Society to find a solicitor in your local area.

How to leave a gift to the NSPCC

Leaving a gift to the NSPCC is more straightforward than you might expect. If you do decide to leave a gift to help children in your will, there are 2 main types of gift you might choose – a share of your estate (residuary gift) or a set sum (pecuniary gift). 

We have some suggested wording to add to your will depending on which one you choose. You can take this along to an appointment with your chosen solicitor or legal professional.

Residuary gift (share of your estate):
"I leave.........per cent of the residue of my real and personal estate to the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children of Weston House, 42 Curtain Road, London, EC2A 3NH, registered charity numbers: 216401 and SC037717."

Pecuniary gift (set sum):
"I leave the sum of ...........(in words) pounds £....... (in figures) to the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children of Weston House, 42 Curtain Road, London, EC2A 3NH, registered charity numbers: 216401 and SC037717."

Will writing offers

Bequeathed

Bequeathed.pngWe've teamed up with Bequeathed, an online Will writing service. It's a free, simple and convenient way to create your Will, available in England and Wales.

To get started, create an account with Bequeathed and complete the online interview questions with detailed guidance and support throughout. Once your will is complete, Bequeathed will provide your free will to download with instructions to have it witnessed.

If your Will is more complicated and you need to pay for legal advice, Bequeathed will transfer you to one of their accredited firms of solicitors who’ll give you a price to help you complete your will face-to-face or over the phone.

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National Free Wills Network

national free will network.pngAs a member of the National Free Wills Network, we can offer you the opportunity to have a simple will prepared for free by a local solicitor. To take part, call 020 7825 2505 or email us with your full address and telephone number.

Once our team has referred you, you’ll receive an information pack with a voucher code and the details of at least two local participating solicitors. You can then contact your preferred solicitor to book an appointment. If your will is more complicated, there may be an additional cost which will be agreed between you and the solicitor beforehand.

Co-op Legal Services

co-op logo.pngYou can have your will written at a discounted rate of £99 plus VAT, reduced from £125 plus VAT by The Co-op Legal Services – and it can all be done over the phone at a time that suits you. It’s quick and easy – a legal specialist will draft your will and post it to you to sign. The call usually takes less than 45 minutes.

To take part, call Co-Op Legal Services on 0330 606 9578 and quote RACNSPCC to receive your discount.

Will Aid

will aid logo.pngWill Aid is a special partnership between the legal profession and nine of the UK's best-loved charities, including the NSPCC.
Every November, participating solicitors waive their fee for writing a basic will and instead invite clients to make a voluntary donation to Will Aid. The suggested donation is £100 for a single basic will and £180 for a pair of basic 'mirror' wills. These donations are then divided between the nine Will Aid charities.

To take part, visit Will Aid during September to November, and use the ‘Find a solicitor’ search tool to find your nearest participating solicitor. Appointments are limited and don’t forget to mention Will Aid.

Looking for more information? We're here to help

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If you're thinking about leaving a gift to the NSPCC, our friendly team are here to help.

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.

If you'd like to talk to us on the phone or via email, please get in touch. Call us on 020 7825 2505 or email legacyinfo@nspcc.org.uk.

If you've already left us a gift and have any questions or suggestions we'd love to hear from you.

If you do decide to leave a legacy to the NSPCC, we're grateful for any gift – large or small. Your generous support means that we’re able to protect children today, prevent abuse tomorrow and transform society to make child abuse a thing of the past. Thank you.