Find out how to leave a gift in your will

You may not have sat down and considered writing your will. However, it is essential that we take a few moments our of our busy lives to think about it, to plan, to protect our loved ones and the causes we care most about.

At Action for Children, without the hundreds of gifts in wills we receive each year, we wouldn’t be able to help as many children and families as we do today.

These gifts enable us to continue developing innovative services to meet the needs of tomorrow’s children.

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Get started:

  • Make a list – write down who you’d like to include in your will, such as family, friends and perhaps charities too. You can download and use our simple will planner to get you started.
  • Think about how much you’d like to give – anyone can leave a gift in their will, no matter how small or large, it will make a huge difference to lives of children that we help.

Types of gift:

  • Pecuniary gift – a specific amount of money, for example: £100
  • Residuary gift – a percentage of your residue (what is left of your estate following other gifts, debts and fees), for example: 5% of your residue.
  • Specific gift – a specific item, for example: jewellery, antiques or collectables.

Ways to leave a gift:

  • Will-writing services – we have partnered with Farewill and the Goodwill Partnership to offer supporters the chance to have their will written free of charge.
  • Talk to a solicitor – you'll find a list of solicitors on the Law Society website.
  • Already have a will? You can add a gift to Action for Children by using a codicil form.