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Age UK York relies on the generosity of local people to help support us. Age UK York  is committed to being there for the older people of York who need us. If you decide to leave a gift in your will to us, you will be supporting us to make life better for older people in York. Every single gift  is vital to Age UK York and we appreciate any gift you may choose to leave us after taking care of your family and friends. Whatever the value of your gift, it will go a long way to help someone who needs us.

Leaving a legacy

Legacies are a crucial part of our income and allow us to offer even more services. Everyone who leaves a gift to Age UK York is playing a part in the future of our organisation. Your legacy doesn't have to be a large sum to make a difference. Donations in Wills (legacies) are a vital part of our voluntary income, and in the coming years the need for our services is set to rise dramatically.

It is important to specifiy Age UK York instead of Age UK if you wish your money to be spent locally.

Why is it important to have a willl?

At Age UK York, we work hard to help ensure people can age well and lead independent and fulfilling lives for as long as possible. The sad but inescapable truth is, however, that we are all going to die at some stage. Knowing this means that making a Will at a time of your life when you can think clearly is important. It is important because it’s the only way to ensure that after you die your “estate” goes firstly to the people and causes you love and support. Your “estate” means everything you own, including your money, property, possessions and investments.

A well thought through and professionally prepared Will ensures:

  • That your wishes will be respected and reassures loved ones that they are doing the right things on your behalf.
  • You can help to avoid disputes and arguments, especially at an already difficult time.
  • You can make clear distributions of money and treasured personal items.
  • You can use your Will to outline decisions such as funeral preferences
  • Lower legal costs and potentially reduces any tax due.

Simply put, it makes it easier for everyone involved and gives you peace of mind.


How do I make a will?

Your solicitor will be able to advise you on the required wording to carry out your wishes. Our helpful guide contains lots of information and sources of support.

If you wish to leave a gift to Age UK York in your will, all you need is our charity details below:

Age UK York,St.Edmund's House, Margaret Street, York, YO10 4UX and our registered charity number 1118346

What if I already have a will?

If you already have a will and you want to include a gift to Age UK York in it, there may not be need to rewrite it. You can ask a qualified professional such as a solicitor to add an amendment (called a codicil) or you may wish to simply write a 'letter of wishes' to guide the hand of your executors.

What kind of gift can I leave to Age UK York?

You can leave a specific sum of money or an item such as jewellery or a piece of art. Or you can leave a share in, or all of, what's left of the value of your estate after family and friends have been taken care of. The advantage of leaving a share (also known as residuary gift) is that it remains the same over time, and you won't need to change your will to keep up with inflation. Significant gifts should be written into the will or 'codicil' but for moderate bequests or specific items, (i.e. not a significant proportion of your estate), you could use a “Letter of Wishes” and give it to your executors for safekeeping.

To find out more about how to leave a gift in your will, you can:

Contact us: 01904 627995 (9.30 - 3.30. Mon to Friday)


Or go to our contact form.