One million legacies left by kind-hearted brits with a 30% rise in gifts and wills

The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales is supporting Remember A Charity in Your Will Week (6th – 12th September) – an annual awareness week which aims to encourage people to leave a gift to charity

More kind-hearted Brits are leaving gifts to charities in their Wills than ever before, with a million legacies left in the past decade, according to new research from Remember A Charity and Smee & Ford.

To mark the start of Remember A Charity Week, the data reveals that the percentage of people leaving a gift to charity in their Will has increased by almost a third (30%) over the past 20 years, with more people than ever choosing to support a charity close to their heart – even after they’ve gone.

Gifts in Wills are a critical source of funding for charitable services across the country, raising more than £3 billion for good causes annually – and have been the fastest growing source of voluntary income for charities over the past twenty-one years.

Today marks the start of Remember A Charity Week, an opportunity for charities around the country to raise awareness of passing on something wonderful by including a charity in your Will after family and friends have been taken care of.

As a Trust with approx.. 110 nature reserves to manage across South and West Wales, gifts help to support our vital conservation work, from our living seas projects along the coast to the fight to protect Wales’ remaining red squirrels. Previously we were successful in purchasing the final piece of Skokholm Island and renovations at Parc Slip Nature Reserve, to support people and wildlife, all because of supporters leaving gifts in their wills.

Former head judge of Strictly Come Dancing, Len Goodman, will be lending his support to the week, having altered his own Will to include a charity close to his heart.

“I am honoured to be supporting Remember A Charity Week for the fourth year running and to have the opportunity to meet some of the inspiring people working hard for a range of charitable causes. I really hope this week will encourage more people to leave a gift, however big or small, after they’ve gone. I’ve included a charitable gift in my Will after my family has been taken care of – it’s so simple and it really does make an enormous difference!”

Len Goodman, head judge on Dancing with the Stars

“It’s so inspiring that we’ve reached this milestone of one million Brits leaving gifts to charity in their Wills. We really hope that this will become increasingly common, and that the number of people supporting charities in this way will continue to rise. Leaving a gift is your Will a wonderful way to support charities in continuing to do amazing work and also provides an opportunity for your legacy to live on after you’ve gone.”

Rob Cope, Director of Remember A Charity