Three inspirational grandparents will share their remarkable stories this Remember a Charity week to remind the nation that there’s a legend in all of us.

“After taking care of your family and friends, leaving a gift in Will to your favourite charity is truly a legendary thing to do,” says Rob Cope, director of theRemember a Charity campaign.

Remember a Charity is a consortium that campaigns to raise awareness of the importance of legacies for the charitable sector. 74% of the UK population support charities and when asked, 35% of people say they’d happily leave a gift in their Will once family and friends had been provided for. The problem is only 6% actually do.


Legacy income is worth around £1.9 billion* a year to charities. Of the people Independent Age help, 1 in 5 is supported thanks to money left to us in Wills.

So why don’t more people support charities in this way? Maybe they are influence by the many myths on writing a Will:

  • I don’t have any money so I don’t need a Will
  • I don’t need a Will, my family know my wishes
  • I’m not old enough to make a Will
  • I’m fine as I made one ten years ago
  • Writing a Will is difficult / expensive

But these are just myths. It is important to have an up to date Will, no matter the size of your assets, as without one it is not guaranteed that what you leave behind will go to the people or causes that you want.

We are now part of the National Free Wills Network and can offer anyone connected with Independent Age a simple Will written for freeby a local solicitor. If your will is complicated you may be asked for an additional fee.

Find out more about the free Will offer, leaving a gift in your Will and to see some of the living legends in our midst visit our legacy page.

Writing a will does not have to be an Odyssey.  You could be the legend in our story.

*Legacy Foresight 2009

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