Leave a legacy

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Leave a legacy to Age UK - a gift in your will is one of the most effective ways you can support people in later life.

Why leave a gift to Age UK in your will?

Your legacy will make a real difference to a person in need of help. It could provide support for some of the many thousands of older people around the UK who feel isolated and alone with no one to turn to.

As well as our befriending services we also give practical assistance to help an older person stay in their own home and feel more secure with simple practical help like fitting grab rails or door locks.

Our advice services provide information and support on a whole range of issues from helping people to access pension benefits to finding the right care home.

We promise that your legacy will be spent wisely and make a genuine difference to the people we help. Nearly half the gifts we receive from supporters come from gifts in wills, and as a charity, we rely on these donations to keep us here.

You can also request that your legacy be used to benefit our work internationally, nationally, regionally or locally – the choice is yours.

To see how your legacy may be used, visit About our work.

How to leave a legacy to Age UK

There are two main types of gift that you can leave in your will to Age UK: 

You can leave a specific sum of money or an item such as jewellery or a piece of art

You can leave a share in, or all of, what’s left of the value of your estate after all bills have been paid and all other legacies have been distributed.

If you would like to add a gift to Age UK to an existing will, you can use a codicil. Adding a codicil to your will means there is no need to change the terms of your current will. It simply adds a new instruction. As a rule if the change you wish to make is quite small or simple, you can use a codicil, and if the change is more significant or complex you should make a new will.

Download our opens link in new window codicil template (PDF 181KB) or talk to our legacy team about adding a codicil to your will.

If you wish to make several changes, big or small, it is advisable to make a new will. If you have any questions around writing a codicil or updating your will, you should seek advice from a solicitor or professional adviser.

If you would like information on making or updating your will, you can download a copy of our comprehensive factsheet on opens link in new window Making a Will (PDF 185 KB).

There is suggested wording to leave a gift to Age UK in your will below.
In some circumstances, Age UK is able to act as your executor. For more information please contact us via the details below.

If you would like to speak to someone about leaving a legacy to Age UK, please contact the Legacy team on 0203 033 1421 or email legacies@ageuk.org.uk

Template wording for Wills

For a residuary gift:
I give the residue of my estate to Age UK, Room W3B, Tavis House, 1-6 Tavistock Square, London, WC1H 9NA* (Registered Charity Number 1128267**) for its general charitable purposes. I further direct that the receipt of the Chief Executive or other proper officer of the said charity for the time being shall be a full and sufficient discharge for the said gift.

For a pecuniary / specific bequest:
I give the sum of £_____ (or the item specified) to Age UK, Room W3B, Tavis House, 1-6 Tavistock Square, London, WC1H 9NA* (Registered Charity Number 1128267**) for its general charitable purposes. I further direct that the receipt of the Chief Executive or other proper officer of the said charity for the time being shall be a full and sufficient discharge for the said gift.

*a) for national gifts to benefit Wales directly, change to Age Cymru, Ty John Pathy, 13/14 Neptune Court, Vanguard Way, Cardiff CF24 5PJ
 
b) for national gifts to benefit Scotland directly, change to Age Scotland, Causewayside House, 160 Causewayside, Edinburgh EH9 1PR
 
c) for national gifts to benefit Northern Ireland directly, change to Age NI, 3 Lower Crescent, Belfast BT7 1NR

d) for gifts to local Age Concerns/Age UKs, change to Age Concern/Age UK _____, followed by full address of that Age Concern/Age UK 

** a) for national gifts to benefit Wales directly, change to Registered Charity Number 1128436
 
b) for national gifts to benefit Scotland directly, change to Registered Charity Number SC 010100
 
c) for national gifts to benefit Northern Ireland directly, change to Registered Charity Number XT14600

d) for gifts to local Age Concerns/Age UKs, change to Registered Charity Number _____ (i.e. the number which relates to that local Age Concern/Age UK)

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Give with confidence

If you donate to Age UK, we guarantee that as members of the FRSB, you can give with confidence and that your money will be used honestly and properly.

Refund policy

If you have made a donation in error, please contact our Customer Services Team on 0800 169 8787 or email us using the link below and they will be happy to refund this for you.

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Will Aid

Every November, participating solicitors waive their fee for writing a basic Will. Instead, they invite clients to make a donation to Will Aid.

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