Leave your own long-lasting legacy by pledging a gift to the Cancer Fund in your will

Some people choose to include the Cancer Fund in their will and leave a legacy by which they will be remembered. Anyone can leave a gift in their will, from a specific sum of money to shares in property or valued items. A will is an excellent way to be sure that particular wishes are carried out after death. The gift goes on to provide an improved experience for others with cancer.

If you would like to write your own will, please look at our FAQs below and feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

Free online will writing service

We are delighted to have teamed up with Octopus Legacy (formally known as Guardian Angel), a will-writing service provider. As a Cancer Fund supporter, they will write you a professional will for free (usually £90). Please use the code UCLHCANCERFUND-FREE in the checkout box. All we ask is that you considering leaving a gift to the Cancer Fund in your will.

Click the link here to visit our page on their website.

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A will is the only way you can be sure that your wishes are carried out after your death; your loved ones receive what you want them to, and your favourite charities are supported in the way you have requested.

The cost of a will varies greatly depending on the estate's complexity and the person’s wishes. It’s a good idea to shop around for quotes for making your will and to look for STEP-qualified solicitors because this means they have specialist knowledge of wills and estates. The Law Society can recommend a solicitor for you. You can contact them on 020 7242 1222.

Including Cancer Fund in a will is an easy and cost-effective way to support our work. It simply involves adding a short paragraph (clause) to your will. We would always suggest you use a qualified solicitor to assist you with this.

Including Cancer Fund in a will can be as simple as adding a short clause to an existing will using a codicil. A codicil is a simple, inexpensive way to make specific changes or additions to your will while leaving the remaining provisions untouched. You will need to ask your solicitor to draw up a codicil for you.

It is a common misconception that a legacy has to be an enormous sum of money. This is not the case. Any gift left in a will, no matter how large or small, is vital to the charities you support.

There are two main types of gifts that you can leave to a charity

This is a gift of all or part of what is left of your estate after everyone else has been taken care of. It is called the ‘residue’. Your will should include instructions on what to do with the residue.

This could be a specified sum of money, also known as a pecuniary gift. It could also be a specific item, such as a gift of jewellery, stocks or property.

We are always delighted to receive specific gifts, which can provide a much-needed boost to our cancer care. However, a residuary gift is the most effective way of remembering us in your will. Many people leave a share of their estate to charity after providing for loved ones. Even a tiny percentage of what’s left can make a huge difference.


Get in touch

Get in touch if you have any questions about leaving a gift in your will. Email us at cancerfund@uclhcharity.org.uk or call on 07977191780.