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Leaving a gift in your will


At Carers Trust, we believe gifts in wills have the power to make sure no carer has to care for the person they love alone. Unpaid carers will always be here to look after their loved ones, and our focus now – and in the years to come – is on the needs of the carer.


Should I make a will?

Having an up-to-date will is the only way to make sure that your family and friends, as well as any charities you care about, are provided for. Without a will, the state decides what happens to your assets. It’s a good idea to review your will from time to time, as circumstances do change.

When is a good time to make a will?

There is no better time than now. It is surprising that many people die without making a will, which means family or friends left behind may face some tricky problems. By making a will now, you can have the peace of mind that you have provided for your loved ones and left a gift to those charities that mean the most to you.

Is it expensive or difficult to make a will?

Prices can vary across solicitors' practices; don’t be afraid to shop around or ask for a quote!

Can a small amount make a difference?

Of course! To give you an idea; a gift of £20 can provide refreshments for a young adult carer group meeting, a gift of £1,000 would pay for the delivery of four workshops for carers supporting people with mental health issues. A gift of £5,000 can deliver six months’ worth of workshops for young adult carers increasing their skills and helping them to access employment opportunities. Every amount makes a difference to the unpaid carers in need of our support.

What will my gift go towards?

You can choose a particular area of Carers Trust where you would like your gift to be used, or you can contribute to our unrestricted fund which allows us to identify which services would benefit the most at that time.

Carers Trust offers a variety of services for vulnerable unpaid carers including activity clubs for young carers and support groups caring for those with dementia.

Can a gift to a charity help me pay less tax?

Technically, yes. Gifts to UK registered charities are exempt from inheritance tax. Carers Trust would strongly recommend that you speak to a solicitor for advice on tax issues.

What information do I need to include when leaving a gift to Carers Trust?

If you’d like to include Carers Trust in your will, simply insert the following message:

I give to Carers Trust of 2-6 Boundary Row, London, SE1 8HP registered charity numbers 1145181 and SC042870 [__% of the residue] of my estate/[specified amount] absolutely for its general charitable purposes.

Don't forget to use our full name and details to make sure the gift reaches us. 

If you have any questions about gifts in wills, please get in touch with Natalie at nfanaken@carers.org or 020 3998 9216