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Writing a will is one of the most important things you’ll ever do. It’s an opportunity to ensure that your loved ones – and the causes that are closest to your heart – benefit from your assets when you die. However, surprisingly, 60% of people in the UK haven’t made one. We want to make it easy for Macmillan volunteers to enjoy the peace of mind that comes from making a will, so that’s why we’re offering you the opportunity to write yours for free.
When it comes to making your own will, there’s no time like the present. As a thank you for being a Macmillan volunteer, you can take advantage of our free online will writing service until the end of 2017 and it really couldn’t be easier. There are three different options depending on where you live, so just choose the one that's relevant to you.
If you’re in England or Wales, simply head to our partner Farewill’s website and enter the code 'Macmillan100_Vol' when prompted.
If you’re based in Scotland, just visit our corporate partner McClure Solicitors’ website and quote 'Macmillan Volunteer'.
If you’re in Northern Ireland, you can access a free will by contacting our partner The Goodwill Partnership and quoting ‘MAC 100’.
You don’t have to leave a gift to Macmillan when you take up our free will offer. However, any gift you do make, no matter how small, will help us to support more people with cancer in years to come.
Gifts in wills account for over a quarter of Macmillan’s total income – and over a quarter of the funding for our vital services.
In 2016, the gifts that were left to us in wills amounted to an astonishing £76.8 million. People leave us gifts of all sizes and for many personal and varied reasons.
Brian from Halifax, for example, decided to leave a gift in his will after both he and his partner Michael were supported by Macmillan.
‘Michael died five years ago after having been through cancer, and I’ve had cancer in the past too,’ he says. ‘Both of us were supported by Macmillan nurses during our journeys and they were so good with us. Deciding to make Macmillan one of the beneficiaries in my will was my way of giving something back.’
If someone asked you about leaving a gift to Macmillan in their will, would you know where to signpost them? If not, don't worry as it’s actually really easy.
Our best advice is to thank them for considering leaving a gift to Macmillan and direct them to the gifts in wills section of our website to find out more.
Read Imogen's blog about her experience as a Macmillan support line volunteer. She highlights the benefits of talking about cancer and looks at some of the different ways people can start talking.
If you've just joined the Community and aren't sure where to start, this is the group for you. Tell us what brings you here, and don't be afraid to ask questions. Someone will be on hand to welcome you and point you in the right direction.
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