Remember a Charity in your Will Week (7-13 September) is promoted by a consortium that campaigns to raise awareness of the importance of legacies for the charitable sector. An estimated 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 7% actually do.

Legacy income is worth more than £2 billion a year to charities. Of the people Independent Age help, 1 in 5 is supported thanks to money left to us in wills.

John hadn’t left the house since his last fall. He was making the trip to town for the first time in two months. He had to remember to take everything he needed and there might even be someone on the bus to talk to, as it was lonely living alone.

A shopping trip, which is a day to day occurrence for a lot of people can feel like an extreme expedition as you get older and find it difficult to get out and about, especially if your health is not so good.

Independent Age is an established voice for older people and their families and carers, offering free advice and information and providing services, such as befriending, to promote wellbeing and reduce loneliness. In addition to this, we use the knowledge and understanding gained from our frontline services to campaign on issues that affect older people, like poverty, loneliness and carers’ rights.

As a charity we go to extremes to make sure that people like John are supported to live more independent and fulfilling lives. You don’t have to go to extremes, just think about leaving a gift to charity in your will.

We are now part of the National Free Wills Network and can offer anyone connected with Independent Age a simple will written for free by 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 or about our work

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