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CAN I LEAVE A GIFT FOR RESEARCH INTO A SPECIFIC COUNTRY OR A TYPE OF CANCER?

Yes. Worldwide Cancer Research are the leading UK charity funding research at any recognised institution in the world into all types of cancer. Contact our Senior Legacy Manager to discuss this option and how we can personalise your gift.

AM I TOO YOUNG TO WRITE A WILL?

It's never too early to start planning for the future. Writing a Will early on ensures your possessions go to the people and causes you care about. Still unsure? Amy and her husband wrote their Will in their thirties. Read her story here

WILL MY GIFT MAKE A DIFFERENCE?

Any gift of any size will go directly towards funding the best cancer research in the world. We were able to fund 8 cancer research projects because of gifts left in Wills last year. Imagine if your legacy went on to fund the next big breakthrough which stopped future generations from suffering?

I ALREADY HAVE A WILL. DO I NEED TO WRITE A NEW ONE?

You do not need to make a new Will. Instead you can add a codicil to your Will and send it to your solicitor. A codicil is a document on which changes or additions are made to an existing Will and must be read in conjunction with it.

HOW DO I REGISTER FOR YOUR FREE WILL WRITING SERVICE?

Go to our Free Will Writing service page, or contact legacies@worldwidecancerresearch.org and reference 'Free Will Writing service' in your email. Please note that we only have a limited availability for this free service. Once our annual allocation has been taken up, the offer may be withdrawn, so please register early to have your Will written or reviewed. You must supply a UK address when registering for the service.

DO I HAVE TO LEAVE A GIFT TO WORLDWIDE CANCER RESEARCH IN MY WILL?

Most people who use the Free Will Service choose to leave a gift, but there is no obligation to include a gift to us. If you choose to support us with a gift we'll be able to fund more cancer research projects.

I'M AN EXECUTOR FOR SOMEONE WHO HAS LEFT YOU A GIFT. WHAT SHOULD I DO?

You can find all the information you need to guide you through the process on this page.

WHAT ARE THE TAX BENEFITS TO LEAVING A GIFT IN MY WILL?

If you leave a gift to Worldwide Cancer Research in your Will, it will not be included when valuing your estate for Inheritance Tax purposes. The value of your gift will be deducted from your estate before Inheritance Tax is applied. We would encourage you to discuss this with your solicitor when making your Will.

I WANT TO LEAVE A GIFT TO YOUR CHARITY. WHAT DO I TELL MY SOLICITOR?

Your solicitor will need our registered address and charity numbers, which are: Registered Charity number: Registered in Scotland, No 152991, Charity No SC022918. Our registered address: Madras House, St Andrews, Fife, Scotland, KY16 9EH

what are the different types of legacy gift?

There are four main types of legacy gift

  • Residual gift - a share of your estate or assets
  • Pecuniary gift - a gift of a fixed amount of money
  • Specific gift - a specific item such as jewellery or a house
  • Reversionary gift - if you set up a trust for someone to use over a period, this is a gift that is given when they pass away
What wording will I need to put in my will?

We would always recommend using a solicitor when making or updating your Will, but to assist you, we have prepared some suggested legacy clauses for England, Wales, Northern Ireland, and Scotland.

Legacy clause wording for England, Wales, and Northern Ireland

1). I give…

  1. The sum of £ _____ (pounds)
  2. The share of ____    (percentage) of my real and personal property
  3. My _____________ (short description of property given)

free of tax to Worldwide Cancer Research (registered charity no. SC022918) of Madras House, St Andrews, Fife, KY16 9EH.

2). I direct that the receipt of the fully authorised officer of Worldwide Cancer Research shall be a sufficient discharge for my Executor/Trustees.

Legacy clause wording for Scotland

I direct my Executors/Trustee to…

Pay the sum of £____ pounds

Pay and make over a _____ share of the residue of my estate

Pay and makeover my _____________ (short description of property given)

to Worldwide Cancer Research (registered charity no. SC022918) of Madras House, St Andrews, Fife, KY16 9EH for its general charitable purposes absolutely and I direct that the receipt of the full authorised officer of Worldwide Cancer Research shall be a sufficient discharge for my Executor/Trustees.