Friday 7th September 2012
While 74% of the UK population gives financial support to charities, only 7% leave a legacy to them.
Remember A Charity Week runs from 17-23 September and aims to encourage people to consider leaving a gift to charity in their will.
At Macmillan, legacies and gifts in wills account for more than a third of our total income – without these, we wouldn’t be able to fund the amazing work you do in supporting people affected by cancer.
Gifts in wills don’t have to be large; they come in all shapes and sizes. In 2011, our legacies ranged from £50–£3.4 million. We’ve also been left a fish and chip shop, a carousel horse and even a herd of cows.
Sarah Lee, Legacies Manager says, ’Legacy giving is surrounded by myths that stop people from actively considering supporting charities in this way. The main misunderstandings are that it’s expensive and complicated to write a will, and that you need to be very wealthy to leave a gift in your will to a charity.
‘We want to raise awareness of the importance of writing a will to ensure people's family and personal causes are cared for.’
Email the Macmillan legacy team.