give in your will
Leave a gift in your will. And when your life ends, help a child begin theirs.
By leaving a gift to Chance for Childhood in your will, you can help ensure that children in vulnerable situations in Africa can start living their lives with the support, education and care that every child deserves.
When we look back on the key moments and people in our lives, it’s only natural to start to think about the future and how we can leave our mark on the world. We think of our loved ones, our community and we also think about how our impact can reach even further. By choosing to leave a gift in your will, there’s a way to leave something behind for loved ones as well as children who are in vulnerable situations.
However large or small, a fixed percentage of your estate or a monetary gift, your decision will help ensure access to inclusive education and safe spaces so that children in Africa can play, grow, learn and thrive. We know that this can’t happen overnight, and that’s why gifts in wills are so valuable to our work. They ensure that we can continue helping children long into the future.
We understand that this is a big personal decision, but by taking these small steps now, you will have a big impact for years to come. If you would like to talk to someone in our team to find out more before making your decision please contact Siân Underwood on 01483 230 250.
Support with writing your will
Our corporate partner Cameron James Legal can advise on all aspects of estate planning, including writing wills and helping supporters to leave a legacy to Chance for Childhood to help protect the lives of vulnerable children long into the future. Cameron James Legal visits clients in the privacy of their own homes at a time convenient to them.
What you need to know
Although you can use ‘do-it-yourself’ will kits, we strongly advise that you create your will with the professional expertise of a qualified solicitor, who will tell you everything you need to know and ensure your Last Will and Testament is legally binding.
To save time, before you contact a solicitor, it’s a good idea to jot down your answers to the following questions:
What assets will I leave behind?
This includes any property you own, savings, investments, valuable items and jewellery.
Who would I like to receive my assets?
You may want to consider your family and friends first so make a list of their full names and addresses for your solicitor.
What causes or charities would I like to support?
If you’d like to leave a gift to a charity, make a note of the charity’s full name, charity number and address e.g. Chance for Childhood, registered charity number 1013587, Chance for Childhood, PO Box 3030, Romford, RM7 1US.
Who would I like to be my Executors and Guardians?
Write down the full names and addresses of the people you want to act as Executors of your will. They will ensure that your will is carried out accurately. Your solicitor will also need the full names and addresses of the individuals you have selected to be Guardians of your children who are under the age of 18.
There are three ways of leaving a gift to Chance for Childhood in your will.
1. You can give a share of your estate – this means that we will receive a percentage of the value of your property (including money) after any debts and expenses relating to your death have been paid. By giving a gift in this way, it won’t be affected by inflation.
2. You can give a specific sum of money.
3. You can give a specific item – this may be jewellery, property or shares. If you’d like to give in this way, please let us know so that we can understand your wishes.
Your solicitor will advise you on the appropriate wording to include in your will..
Your gift will mean a huge amount to our small charity. It will create lasting change for children in Africa who’s lives are affected by violence, neglect and conflict. Even a small amount of money can make an incredible difference..
If you decide to leave a gift to our charity in your will, it would be wonderful to let us know so that we can plan properly for our future. It also means that we can say a huge and heartfelt ‘thank you’ – something we’d very much like to do. If you’d rather not mention it, that’s fine too. We understand that these decisions are very personal and you may wish to keep it to yourself. Please be assured that if you do decide to let us know, we will always keep this information completely confidential..