Many people choose to leave a legacy to charity as an extension of the support they have given during their lifetime.
Women and Children First (WCF) improves the health and wellbeing of women and children in poor communities, with a particular focus on pregnancy and the first month of life. We do this principally be setting up women’s groups which help women living in poor, remote rural communities to learn how to look after themselves properly during pregnancy and how to give the best care to their newborn baby. This approach has proved highly effective in saving maternal and newborn lives and improving the health of mothers and babies. A gift from a legacy will enable us to set up and support more groups and save more lives. A charity legacy in your will is exempt from inheritance tax and is probably the most tax effective way for you to give to charity. There are three types of charity legacy you can leave:
• A residuary gift - a share of your estate after expenses and other gifts have been considered
• A pecuniary gift - a sum of money
• A specific gift - a specific item such as a painting
We recommend that you always consult a solicitor when making or updating a will. Your solicitor will be able to advise you on the exact wording for including a gift to Women and Children First in your will. You should ensure the following details are included in your will:
Women and Children First (UK)
Registered charity no: 1085096
If you already have a will the simplest way to update it is to write a codicil. Again we recommend that you speak to your solicitor for advice on how to do this.
Over a quarter of a million women and three million newborn babies die each year in pregnancy and childbirth or soon afterwards, the majority of them in Africa and South Asia. For every woman who dies at least twenty more suffer complications which leave them with lifelong disability and pain.
Our unique programmes are saving the lives of mothers and babies every day. We need you to help us to equip women with their most vital survival tool: knowledge.