Leave a gift in your will

Writing or updating a will may feel like a daunting task. Here you’ll find everything you need to know about leaving a gift to charity in your will.

After you've taken care of the people closest to you, a gift in your will could make a huge difference to children's lives. Your gift could mean that no matter what challenges the future holds, we can be there for children.

If you're thinking about writing a will or you'd like to amend an existing one, our gift in wills team are here to help you.

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Will Aid

During November you can have your will written by a local solicitor. Instead of paying their fee, you're invited to give a donation to charity.

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5 reasons to make a will

1. Peace of mind

An up-to-date will makes sure that the people and causes that matter to you most will be looked after in the way you want them to.

2. Save on tax

In some cases, having a will can help to reduce the amount of inheritance tax that needs to be paid on your estate.

3. Help your family

A will gives family and friends reassurance that they’re acting on your wishes, and helps them to take care of your estate.

4. Make your wishes known

Without a will, what happens to your whole estate will be decided by the law. Writing a will means you can keep control.

5. Protect rights

If you aren’t married or in a civil partnership, you don’t have the same rights as someone who’s married. You can provide for your partner by including them in your will.

Talk to us about your will

If you're thinking about leaving a gift to the NSPCC and would like to talk us, our friendly team are here to help. We always recommend seeing a solicitor if you're thinking of writing or amending your will, but our team can help with:

    • finding out more about how your charity gift can help children
    • discussing how you might like your gift to us to be spent
    • explaining the different types of legacy gifts and their benefits
    • arranging for you to visit a local project so you can see the difference your gift will make
    • helping you find a solicitor and talking you through our will writing offers
    • arranging a visit so we can talk through any questions you might have.

If you've already left us a gift and have any questions or suggestions, we'd love to hear from you too.
Get in touch by calling 020 7825 2939 or emailing legacyinfo@nspcc.org.uk 

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). 

Here is the suggested wording you'll need to add to your will. Take this along to an appointment with your 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."

Leaving a charity gift in your will

Tom, NSPCC Supporter

"I've put off writing a will for ages. Now, with 2 young children, I realise I need to plan ahead. It's much easier than I thought and I'm leaving something for the next generation of children."

Rita, NSPCC Supporter

“My mother took away my childhood. I decided to use my experience to do something positive and leave a gift to the NSPCC. I’m doing something for children and it feels great!”

Sue, NSPCC Supporter

"When I lost someone close to me, I realised how important it is to write a will. It is a great relief to friends and family to know they’re carrying out your wishes."

How your gift will change lives

We're indebted to wonderful people like Colin, who has been volunteering since Childline opened in 1986. A gift in your will could keep children safe for the next 30 years and beyond.

Need to write or update your will?

Telephone will writing offer

Co-op Legal Services can write your will at a discounted rate of £99 plus VAT reduced from £125 plus VAT. It can all be done over the phone at a time to suit you.

Call us on 020 7825 2939 or email legacyinfo@nspcc.org.uk to receive your discount code.

Remember A Charity

We're a proud member of Remember A Charity, which encourages people to consider leaving a charitable gift in their will. Use their search tool to help you to find a local solicitor, who'll be able to advise you on leaving gifts to charities when making a will.

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Write a will for free

As 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. 

Email us to find out how

Are you the executor for an estate?

If you’re executor for an estate with a gift left to the NSPCC, we can help. We understand that administering an estate can be a complex task - our Legacy Management team are here to support you.

Other ways to support us

Donate in memory

You can set up a Tribute Fund or make a donation in memory of a loved one and support our work with children and families across the country. 

Make a donation

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. 

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