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Guidance for Executors

How to pay a gift left in a Will

If you are the executor of someone who has left a gift to Save the Children in their Will, we're here to help

We understand that administrating a loved one’s estate can seem daunting. Guidance on the responsibilities of being an executor and finding legal advice is available on the government website: www.gov.uk/probate-estate

At Save the Children, we deal with legacies every day and have experience in carrying out estate administration from start to finish. If you have any questions during the process, please feel welcome to get in touch – we're here to help.

Call us on 020 7012 6400 or email us at giftsinwills@savethechildren.org.uk to notify us of a gift in a Will or if you have any questions.

FAQs for Executors

Yes, if we're due to receive a gift in a Will from an estate you are administering - please contact our friendly Legacy Income Team and let us know:

Call us on: 020 7012 6400

Email: giftsinwills@savethechildren.org.uk

Or write to us at: Legacy Income team, Save the Children, 1 St John's Lane, London, EC1M 4AR

To pay by bank transfer, please contact us at giftsinwills@savethechildren.org.uk or call us on 020 7012 6400 so that we can tell you the best way to do this.

If you would prefer to pay by cheque, please make this payable to ‘The Save the Children Fund’ and send to the Legacy Income team at ;

Save the Children

1 St John's Lane



Please send any accompanying paperwork with your payment.

As a registered charity, Save the Children requires certain information to fulfil our regulatory and auditing requirements. The information we will ask you for depends on the type of gift that has been left to us. 

Please get in touch with us on 020 7012 6400 or email giftsinwills@savethechildren.org.uk to check what information we require.

If you're able to supply a copy of the Will, that will help us to be as specific and accurate as possible.

As a registered charity, we're exempt from Inheritance Tax, Capital Gains Tax and some aspects of Income Tax. These apply to legacies and estate administration, and can really increase the value of the gift at no cost to you or the person who wrote the Will.

However, these tax exemptions are not automatic and usually require action.  Please contact the Legacy Income team so that we can help you with this.

For more detailed information, email giftsinwills@savethechildren.org.uk or call 020 7012 6400 and let us know your message is for the Legacy Income Team.

A member of the Legacy Income Team will respond to your message as soon as possible.

Bereavement Support

Administering a loved one’s estate can be a challenging task, and it may cause feelings of bereavement and grief.

Many people rely on friends and relatives to support them through a bereavement, but there are different types of services and information available that can also help if you need them.

  • Cruse Bereavement Care is a national charity offering face-to-face, telephone, email and website support. If you live in England, Wales or Northern Ireland you can find out more on Cruse Bereavement Care’s website: www.cruse.org.uk. In Scotland you can visit Cruse Bereavement Care Scotland: www.crusescotland.org.uk
  • The Good Grief Trust is a national charity that can help you find the support you need across the UK, listing services for people who have lost a child, partner, sibling, parent or friend: www.thegoodgrieftrust.org
  • Ataloss is a bereavement signposting website which can help bereaved people find support and wellbeing: www.ataloss.org