Leave a gift in your Will

Gingerbread is offering you the chance to write your Will, free of charge through our partnership with Farewill, the largest Will writing service in the UK!

Why you should consider making a Will:

  • Make your wishes known – Without a Will, what happens to your estate Will be decided by the law. Writing a Will ensures the people that matter to you most will be looked after in the way you want them to
  • Naming a guardian for your child – If you have children, appointing a guardian ensures that a person you choose will care for them if either one or both parents die. If you don’t name a guardian for them, the court will appoint one
  • Looking after your loved ones – Unmarried partners and partners who have not registered a civil partnership cannot inherit from each other unless there is a Will in place
  • Save on inheritance tax – In some cases, having a Will can help to reduce the amount of inheritance tax that needs to be paid on your estate

After you have taken care of your friends and family, you might want to consider leaving a gift to Gingerbread in your Will. Gingerbread has been supporting single parents for over 100 years, and we want to continue to be there for single parents now and for many years to come. By leaving a gift in your Will, no matter what size, you will be helping other single parents to overcome disadvantage, inequality and injustice.

Gifts, both large and small, have helped Gingerbread be there for single parents when they needed it most. Whether it is answering a call to our helpline, supporting single parents to have a say in the issues that affect them or connecting single parents through our peer support groups, your gift, of whatever size, will go a long way to ensuring single parents and their children can thrive.

To make your free Will visit our free will page here. Alternatively, you can call Farewill on 020 8050 2686, please note you must tell the Customer Support team you are a Gingerbread supporter.

Please note we can only offer a limited number of free Wills so do take advantage of this offer soon.

Claim your free will here
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Other ways to leave a gift in your will

There are other ways to leave a gift in your will:

If you already have a will and would like to leave a gift to Gingerbread, please let your solicitor know our full name, registered address and charity number to set up your legacy gift:

  • Gingerbread, the Charity for Single Parent Families
  • 54-74 Holmes Road, London NW5 3AQ
  • Registered charity number 230750

We promise to use your gift carefully and cost effectively to ensure that it has the greatest benefit to single parent families. However, if you do wish for your gift to be used in a particular area of our work, please express your preference as a wish:

‘I would like my gift to Gingerbread to be used in their general activities, with a wish that it be directed towards…’

This is because Gingerbread’s work will continue to evolve in the time between writing your Will and the gift being fulfilled, and it may be difficult to fulfill your wish if it is too specific.

Legacy giving FAQs:

Why should I leave a gift in my will to Gingerbread?

Single parents can get the short straw. Austerity is cutting services and the support they rely on, making it harder for them to afford childcare, to find a job, and to juggle work and family when they are on their own.

Single parents need practical help to sort out finances, childcare, work opportunities. Gingerbread can help with that. We can also make sure that the voice of single parent families is heard when policies and services that will affect them, are designed.  But we need money to help more single parents not just now but in the future. A gift in your will can help us provide that support.

How do I make a gift in my will to Gingerbread?

Leaving a gift to charity in your will is much simpler than you might think. Although we have provided you with some wording in this guide, we suggest that you consult a solicitor, who will be able to advise you on the best way to word your gift. Please remember to use our full name, registered address and charity number:

  • Gingerbread, the Charity for Single Parent Families
  • 554-74 Holmes Rd, London NW5 3AQ
  • Registered charity number 230750

How will you use my gift?

Your gift will be used where it is most needed by single parents.

Can I leave my gift to benefit a specific area of Gingerbread’s work?

We promise to use your gift carefully and cost effectively to ensure that it has the greatest benefit to single parent families. However, if you do wish for your gift to be used in a particular area of our work, please express your preference as a wish:

‘I would like my gift to Gingerbread to be used in their general activities, with a wish that it be directed towards…’

This is because Gingerbread’s work will continue to evolve in the time between writing your will and the gift being fulfilled, and it may be difficult to fulfill your wish if it is too specific.

Do I have enough money to leave a gift in my will?

We know that there are many people and causes that you may like to remember, and we understand that your family come first. But a gift of any size – even one per cent of whatever is left over after you have provided for your loved ones – will be deeply appreciated by Gingerbread and the families we support.

Are there different types of legacy?

Yes. There are different types, which include:

  • A proportion of your estate – also known as a residuary legacy, is a percentage of what remains of your estate after all other gifts and expenses have been paid.
  • A specific sum – also called a pecuniary legacy, is a gift of a set amount.
  • A specific item such as jewelry, property or shares.
  • A reversionary gift allows you to leave your estate to your loved ones while they are living, but after they pass away the gift you intended for Gingerbread will revert to us.

Will my gift affect the inheritance tax payable on my estate?

Charitable gifts are not liable for inheritance tax, and leaving a gift to Gingerbread in your will could substantially reduce or entirely eliminate the amount of inheritance tax that will be due on your estate. Ask your solicitor for more information.

How will my gift be acknowledged?

You can choose the level to which we acknowledge your gift – it can remain anonymous, or we can acknowledge the gift how you wish. You can let us know your wishes by using this form.

If you have already left us a gift in your will and would like to receive regular updates on Gingerbread’s work, please let us know using the response form enclosed or by contacting our fundraising team at fundraisingteam@gingerbread.org.uk or calling 0207 428 5438.

I live outside England and Wales. Does this information apply to me?

Much of this information is still valid if you live in Scotland or Northern Ireland, but variations in the law mean that you should consult your solicitor who will be able to tell you how these might affect you.

How else can I support Gingerbread?

One of the best ways you can support Gingerbread is by making a donation or beginning a regular gift. You can do this online at www.gingerbread.org.uk or by contacting the fundraising team on 0207 428 5415 or fundraisingteam@gingerbread.org.uk.

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