September 13, 2016

Will you leave a lasting legacy?

You’re in the middle of writing your will. Would you set aside a charity donation if you knew that was an option?

According to research from Co-op Legal Services, only 1 in 16 UK adults have left gifts to charities, yet 70% would give generously if they were made aware of it.

That’s why Co-op Legal Services is joining forces with the government, charities, solicitors and will writers across the UK to support ‘Remember a Charity in your Will Week’ which encourages will providers to make clients aware of their options when it comes to leaving a donation to their favourite charity.

This year’s campaign calls on the public to tweet their advice for future generations using #mywisdom before remembering a charity in their will.

James Antoniou, Head of Wills at Co-op Legal Services, explains: “We work with a number of large and smaller charities offering affordable will writing services to their supporters. As such we understand that there is certainly a desire for clients to leave charitable gifts in wills and this is something that the charities heavily rely on.

“We’ve partnered with Remember a Charity since 2012, as we share their aim to make will writing and considering leaving a gift to charity, the social norm. So far we’ve raised over £20 million in potential gifts to charity.”

Top ten charities for Co-op clients

Breakdown of the charity categories Co-op’s clients have chosen in the last 12 months:

1.     Poverty and Homelessness
2.      Cancer charities
3.      Animal charities
4.      Children’s charities
5.      Local causes / community
6.      Religious causes
7.      Rescue organisations
8.      Hospices
9.      International charities
10.    Help for elderly

The research also reveals that charities within the communities we live in also hold a lasting place in our hearts as people have given over £50,000 of legacy gifts in the last year.

A quarter (25%) also said they would choose causes which have helped them or their family, and a further tenth (10%) would prefer to leave small amounts to as many charities as possible.

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Join the conversation! 2 Comments

  1. Hello

    Loving the blogs – I often retweet.

    Just went to retweet the Will You Leave a Lasting Legacy & noticed the link back to Co-op was wrong @coouk missing the p. Also the twitter link at the top of the blog page links to our old twitter handle.

    Best wishes


    *Fay Bowden*

    Co-op Engagement Manager

    Co-op Digital: Membership & Co-operative Relations

    07739 657572



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