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.

Remember A Charity Week

Leaving a gift in your will is easier than you might think. It's not complicated or something only the rich and famous do. After you've taken care of your loved ones, even a small percentage can make a huge impact.

This Remember A Charity Week, from 9 to 15 September, is the perfect opportunity to become a guardian for future generations by leaving a gift in your will to the NSPCC.

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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.

Will writing offers

National Free Wills Network

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. Call 020 7825 2505 or email us to find out how.

Co-op Legal Services

Co-op Legal Services can write your will over the phone at a discounted rate of £99 plus VAT reduced from £125 plus VAT. Call 020 7825 2505 or email us to receive your discount code.

Free Wills Month

Every March and October you can get a simple will written for free. You can take advantage of this offer if you (or your partner when writing mirror wills) are 55 or over. Visit Free Wills Month to find out more.

Will Aid

Will 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 the Will Aid charities. The suggested donation is £100 for a single basic will and £180 for a pair of basic 'mirror' wills. Appointments are available to book from September.

To find out more, and to see a full list of all participating solicitors in your local area, visit Will Aid.

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."

Looking for more information? We're here to help

Illustration of two NSPCC staff

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
  • talk you through our will writing offers
  • 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
  • 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.

Even if you've already left us a gift, if you have any questions we're here to help.

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.

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.

Become a volunteer

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