Leave a gift in your will

A gift in your will could help transform a child’s life

Imagine that. You could keep a child safe. Make sure they’re healthy and happy. And help them to achieve incredible things.

Last year, over 20% of the donations we received came from gifts in wills. This helped us change the lives of 604,885 children, young people and their families. There’s still so much more work to be done.

Gifts in wills help make sure support is there when it’s needed. No matter the size of a gift, you’ll be helping vulnerable children. Leaving even a small percentage (a residuary legacy) will go a long way. These gifts are inflation proof and exempt from inheritance tax.

For vulnerable children, we’re family. And you can be too. Now, and for generations to come.

Do something incredible

Your legacy could transform a child’s life

Free gifts in wills information pack

Growing up I witnessed horrendous domestic abuse, which has impacted on me my whole life. That’s why I decided to leave a legacy to Action for Children because I don’t want other children to experience what I did. I want children to be safe and loved.

Sue, Legacy Pledger

Where will my money go?

4.3 million children in the UK live in poverty. It’s completely unacceptable. But a gift in your will could help us reach these children. By providing vital funds to keep our services running and thriving.

Your gift will go where it’s needed most. It’ll give children the best possible start, protect them from harm and make sure they have a loving place to call home.

Making an unrestricted gift like this means your legacy will help where the need is greatest. But if you prefer, you can leave a gift to a project close to your heart.

Last year, gifts in wills helped 72,937 children and families in our children’s centres. This is just one example of our crucial services. Any size gift can make a difference.

Joshua's story

Joshua was 13 when his family home caught fire, destroying everything. Crisis can strike any family unexpectedly. But Action for Children is always there to help.

See how a gift in your will could help future families like Joshua's get back on their feet.

How do I leave a gift in my will?

We appreciate this is an important decision. But the process is not as complicated as you may think. We’re here to guide you.

As a valued supporter you can have your will written for free. You have the choice to write your will online. Or talk to a specialist by phone or online video.

If you do decide to leave a gift, we would love to hear from you! It will give us the opportunity to thank you. As well as ensuring we can make vital plans to protect future vulnerable children. Rest assured you can change your mind at any time.

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If you’ve already left a gift to NCH

If you left a gift to NCH/National Children’s Home before we became Action for Children, don’t worry. Most professional executors confirm details with the Charity Commission, so your gift will still reach us.

For your peace of mind, you may like to note the change in a codicil form. Attach this to your will and give a copy to your solicitor.

How do I pay an existing legacy gift?

We appreciate that being an Executor can be time consuming and stressful. But the Legacy Team are here to help.

Book of Remembrance

Book of Remembrance cover

With great sadness we have to learned that Jonathan Haward, the founder and Managing Director of The Online Book Company, has recently unexpectedly passed away.

The Company has paused trading and websites turned off, while they decide on its future. We will update this page with more news when we know more.

Our Book of Remembrance is a special place to honour the memory of our incredible supporters who have left a gift in their will to Action for Children.

The book also provides an online space for loved ones to share memories and photos of these inspiring supporters.

For more information, please contact the Legacy Team at [email protected].

Contact us

Use our pledger form to let us know that you have left a gift or are thinking about leaving a gift. If you’d like more information, just get in touch. We're always happy to help.

Call: 0300 123 2112

Email: [email protected]

Post: We currently have reduced access to our post so it may take longer to reply than usual. However, rest assured we will be in touch as soon as possible.

Legacy Team
Action for Children
3 The Boulevard
Ascot Road
WD18 8AG

Where possible please contact us via email or phone (Monday to Friday, 9am - 5pm). Especially if you need an urgent response. Where possible, you may prefer to scan and email documents to us to ensure a quicker response.