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How to leave a gift in your will

Follow these simple steps to help us continue our work with children and young people in your name

Thank you for considering leaving us a gift in your will. The Legacy team are always happy to help you through the process. For a complete guide, get your information pack.

Where do I start?

You have two options, depending on whether you already have a will or not.

I don't have an existing will

  1. List what you own. Download our will planner.
  2. Decide who to leave it to.
  3. Choose your executors. That’s somebody who is going to manage your estate and carry out your wishes.
  4. Write your will. 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. Get your free will now.
  5. Complete our pledge form to let us know.

I already have a will

  1. Complete a codicil form. Then attach it to your will and provide a copy to your solicitor.
  2. Complete our pledge form.
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What do I write in my will?

Our address and charity number

If you'd like to include Action for Children in your will, please ask your solicitor or will writing service to use our full name, address and charity number to ensure we receive the gift:

Name: Action for Children
Address: 3 The Boulevard, Ascot Road, Watford, WD18 8AG
Registered charity numbers: 1097940 (England) and SC038092 (Scotland)

Example wording for your will

Residuary
I give the residue of my estate to Action for Children, 3 The Boulevard, Ascot Road, Watford, WD18 8AG, (Registered Charity Number 1097940) for its general charitable purposes. I further direct that the receipt of the Chief Executive or other proper officer of the said charity for the time being shall be a full and sufficient discharge for the said gift.

Pecuniary/ Specific

I give the sum of £_____ (or the item specified) to Action for Children, 3 The Boulevard, Ascot Road, Watford, WD18 8AG, (Registered Charity Number 1097940) for its general charitable purposes. I further direct that the receipt of the Chief Executive or other proper officer of the said charity for the time being shall be a full and sufficient discharge for the said gift.

For national gifts to benefit Scotland directly change charity number to (Registered Charity Number SC-038092)

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What types of gifts can I leave?

A share of your estate

After you have provided for your loved ones, you can leave a share of what remains to charity. This is called as a "residuary gift". Many people prefer to give a residuary gift because it keeps in line with inflation, so does not lose value over time.

A cash gift

This is when you leave a fixed amount of money. This is known as a "pecuniary gift".

A specific gift

Is a particular item, like personal possessions, land or shares.

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Will my gift to Action for Children be subject to tax?

Most gifts are exempt from tax. We usually receive the full amount.

Your gift may also bring the total value of your estate below the inheritance tax threshold. Or you may qualify to pay inheritance tax at a reduced rate if you leave a gift to charity. We recommend you talk to a solicitor for more details.

Use this calculator to work out if you qualify.

Why is a will important?

A will is vital at all stages of your life. It can protect your loved ones, causes closest to you and ensure your memory lives on.

Of course, we know that loved ones always come first. We're asking that you remember us once your loved ones' needs are met. If you leave a gift we advise letting your loved ones know.

We also always recommend you seek independent legal advice, to ensure all legal formalities are covered and that your will is valid.

Should I tell you about my gift?

That's up to you. We’d love to hear from you! It'll give us the opportunity to thank you. And you will receive a pin badge and special updates if you wish. It also ensures we can make vital plans for the future.

Rest assured any information shared with us is confidential. And you can change your mind at any time.

I need more help

If you would like more information please do not hesitate to get in touch. We're always happy to help.


Call: 0300 123 2112
Email: [email protected]

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