Donations through legacies and our partnership with Remember A Charity

Legacies are vital to our very survival, a fact that most of our supporters don’t realise, and we are very grateful for the support that families have shown us with legacies.

To raise some much-needed awareness, we’ve joined forces with Remember A Charity, the largest consortium of its kind in the UK working to promote legacy giving.

The campaign is not only creating enthusiasm among the general public but also with legal advisors and other professionals who write wills. Our collective aim is for all professional advisors to prompt their clients to consider leaving a charitable gift in their will.

So whether you have already thought about leaving a gift in your will, or are about to write your will, please visit for more information.

Why should you consider making a will?

There are many reasons why you should make a will; below are just a few examples:

  • It makes everything easier for your loved ones after your death, and it helps reduce the burden.
  • It protects your assets and helps reduce the impact that inheritance tax and residential care fees can have on your estate; protecting your assets for loved ones.
  • It ensures that all your assets are dealt with correctly, with debts paid and items going to the people you wish to receive them.
  • If you do not write a will, everything you own will be shared out in a standard way defined by the law – which isn’t always the way you might want.

In any case, don’t delay. It’s easy to make a will – and it will save your family unnecessary distress at an already difficult time.

How to go about writing your will

By having your will professionally written, you ensure everything is covered and arranged as you would like. You can prepare your will either by visiting a local solicitor or by using a professional online service:

  • Visiting a local solicitor

You can find a recommended solicitor on the Remember a Charity website:

  • Using a professional online service

As a Remember A Charity member, our supporters will automatically receive a generous discount of 20% when using the Co-op Legal Services to prepare their will online. Follow this link to find out more:

This simple process will be followed up with a phone call from a legal expert to finalise your will at your convenience, offering the benefits of online convenience mixed with offline support and advice.

Whichever route you choose to take, we strongly recommend that you get your will checked by a professional. While it’s possible to make your own will, you need to be careful that you don’t miss out something vital, as leaving out certain details could make your will invalid.

Other ways to support us

Your donations allow us to support Royal Voluntary Service volunteers and staff through grant giving and by helping young volunteers do something amazing through our youth bursary award.

As well as leaving us a legacy in your will you can donate to us at any time via or via the donation page on our website

You can even donate by shopping online via Give As You Live: You can shop for products from thousands of leading online retailers, and a percentage of every purchase you make will be donated to our charity. Next time you shop online, please give it a try. You just shop online as usual but help us fundraise at the same time.

Thank you for your continued support!