Helen Gentle, Deputy Director of Fundraising at Weston Park Cancer Charity, tells unLTD about the life-changing difference a legacy gift can make

When you next come to make or update your Will, and have provided for your friends and family, please take a moment to imagine the difference you could make by leaving a gift in your Will to a cause like Weston Park Cancer Charity.

What happens if I don’t have a Will?
According to research fewer than one third of adults have made a Will. If you do not make a Will the law decides what will happen to your estate and this may not be what you hope or intend.

Why write a Will?
By creating a Will you will have peace of mind that your wishes will be followed once you have passed away. This may include aspects such as deciding who will inherit your assets, saving inheritance tax, appointing Executors and leaving a gift to a cause you care about.

Why are gifts to charity important?
Over one third of Weston Park Cancer Charity’s income comes from people kindly leaving a legacy gift, of any size, within a Will. Without people remembering us in this special way, many vital projects would not go ahead meaning that our life-saving work cannot help as many people affected by cancer.

Is there a specific amount I need to leave?
We are extremely grateful to individuals who choose to support us in this special way and welcome gifts of all sizes. Every penny really does a huge impact on the lives of cancer patients across our region.

Are there any benefits to leaving a gift to charity?
All gifts in Wills are tax-efficient, which means that any gift you decide to leave will be deducted from your estate before any tax liability is calculated.

What should I do if I am considering leaving a gift?
If you are interested in the work of Weston Park Cancer Charity and would like to consider leaving a gift so that cancer patients can continue to access the very best cancer care services please contact Helen Gentle on 0114 226 5370.

Is there anything I need to know?
If you would like to leave a gift in your Will to benefit our work it’s very important to include our full charity name: Weston Park Cancer Charity and our Charity Registration Number: 509803.