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Answers to your questions about writing a Will

Writing your Will gives you peace of mind that you have provided for your loved ones and contributed to causes you care about. And it's easier to do than you might think! Any questions? Get in touch at giftsinwills@savethechildren.org.uk

The sooner the better. Making your Will now will give you peace of mind that you have provided for your loved ones and contributed to causes you care about. 

Of course, looking after your loved ones comes first. After making sure that they will be provided for, it’s still possible to support children around the world with a gift in your Will.  Many people choose to leave a small percentage of their total estate as a gift. 

We recommend you consult a solicitor or professional Will-writing service to make sure that all the legal formalities are covered and that your Will is valid

We have partnered with FareWill to offer a free online professional Will-writing service.  You can also choose to write your Will in November, which is Will Aid month, using a solicitor who is participating. Instead of paying a fee, you will be asked to make a voluntary donation to charity. 

Yes, there are three types:

  • residuary gift is a percentage or share of the balance of your estate once all other payments and gifts have been made. Many people prefer to give a residuary gift because it keeps in line with inflation and does not lose value over time.
  • pecuniary gift is a fixed amount of money.
  • A specific gift is a gift of a specific item, like personal possessions, land or shares.

To ensure your gift reaches us, your solicitor or professional Will-writer will need these details: 

  • Charity name: Save the Children Fund
  • Charity address: 1 St John’s Lane, London EC1M 4AR
  • Charity number: 213890 (England and Wales) or SC039570 (Scotland)

We suggest this wording to leave a gift in your Will:

I give to The Save the Children Fund of 1 St John’s Lane, London EC1M 4AR, registered charity numbers 213890 and SC039570 ____% of the residue of my estate / £_______ [specified amount] absolutely for its general charitable purposes.

Don't forget to use our full name and details to make sure the gift reaches us. 

Gifts to UK registered charities are exempt from Inheritance Tax, so yes, it may mean less tax on your estate.

In the UK, inheritance tax is currently paid to the government at a rate of 40% if your estate is worth more than £325,000. However, the rate might be reduced to 36% if 10% or more of your estate is left to charity.

Most gifts left to Save the Children are exempt from inheritance tax because we are a charity. You can find out more by contacting HMRC or a solicitor.

Yes. You can update your existing Will by adding an amendment, called a ‘codicil’. Your solicitor can help you do this.  Or you can use our partners, Farewill, to write a new Will, including your gift, for free.

It’s a good idea to talk to your family about your intentions. Your gift in your Will is a way of showing them the enduring impact of your care and compassion – and your belief that every child should have the chance of the future they deserve. 

If you’re planning to remember Save the Children in your Will, we’d also really appreciate you letting us know at giftsinwills@savethechildren.org.uk It helps us plan for longer term projects – and gives us the chance to thank you properly.

If you pass away without making a Will, this could result in your estate not going where you would have wished. If you have no family members to inherit, the entire estate will pass to the Crown.

That’s why it’s comforting to know your assets, savings and possessions will go to the people and causes you care about.

You can write your Will today with our online Will-writing partners at Farewill.  Find out more here

Save the Children is committed to making decisions that are in the best interest of the charity but ultimately in the best interests of children.

Our donation acceptance policy ensures that we do not compromise on our mission and values when it comes to raising income.

We are rigorous when deciding whether or not to accept a donation from any source and follow our Donation Acceptance Policy which outlines our ‘No Go’ areas.

Please get in touch with us at giftsinwills@savethechildren.org.uk if you have any questions about this policy.

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We’ve made it our mission to help children – especially those at risk of being left behind – get a healthy start, be safe from harm, and have the chance to learn. 

But we cannot do this alone.  Every year legacies from gifts in Wills generate millions of pounds, helping us invest in ground-breaking programmes, helping children and communities in the UK and around the world.

Find out how you can leave a gift in your Will to Save the Children with our free Gifts in Wills guide - available by email or via post.

We're here to help

If you want to talk to someone at Save the Children about leaving a gift in your Will or administering a Will, please contact us on 020 7012 6400 or email us at GiftsInWills@savethechildren.org.uk