Remember a Charity Week runs this year from 7-13 September and sees 200 charities combine to raise awareness of the importance of gifts in wills.

Organised by charity consortium Remember a Charity, the week provides a focus for charities, solicitors, will-writers and other legal professionals to highlight the vital role played by legacies in funding worthwhile causes.

Writing in a blog for the Civil Society website, Remember a Charity director Rob Cope pointed out legacy income had proved particularly important to many in the sector during this year’s pandemic.

“Without gifts in wills, countless hospices would have been at risk of closure, cancer patients may have struggled to access treatment, there would have been far fewer air ambulances and lifeboat rescues and too many of the elderly and vulnerable would have been stranded at home alone. In other words, the nation’s response to the pandemic would have been heavily depleted.”

According to figures from legacy and notification service Smee & Ford, 17 per cent of wills that go through probate currently include a donation, with Remember a Charity’s own research suggesting that forty per cent of the over forties would be happy to leave a gift in their will.

Mr Cope added: “We’ll be doing all we can during Remember A Charity Week and beyond to get people thinking about how their legacy could shape the world they leave behind, uniting the sector by getting as many voices on board to enthuse the nation with the concept of legacy giving.”