Macmillan Cancer Support has revealed that nearly half of the nation (46%)
admit they don’t like to talk about death at all and feel uncomfortable
talking about their will. Two thirds (65%) say they haven’t even discussed
the subject with close friends or family.
The survey of 2,000 people also revealed that seven in ten (70%) have not
even written a will or made plans for what they’ll leave behind. To support
the launch of ‘Will Aid Month’, Macmillan Cancer Support has partnered with
Jasmine Birtles, financial expert and founder of Moneymagpie.com, to provide
a set of tips on will writing, so people can ensure that all they care about
and the causes that matter to them the most, are looked after.
Nine in ten (87%) are aware that they can leave a gift to charity in their
will however only 38% would. Gifts in wills currently accounts for over 1/3
of Macmillan’s funding, but only 7% of the UK population supports charities
with a gift in their will. This compares to over 70% who support charities
in their lifetime.
Sarah Lee, Legacies Manager at Macmillan commented: “Legacy giving is
surrounded by many myths and misunderstandings which stop people from
actively considering supporting charities in this way. By raising awareness
of the ways in which people can leave gifts to charities in their wills we
want to overcome these so that will-writing is discussed more openly and
honestly. Gifts in wills are so important for Macmillan, large or small
every gift makes a difference, we couldn’t do what we do without them.”
Jasmine Birtles highlights the importance of making a will and keeping it
updated as personal circumstances change. She said: “If you don’t write a
will, it can leave distressing, and often expensive problems for those who
are left behind. It could also mean that people you wanted to look after end
up being left out. I am supporting Macmillan Cancer Support in this matter
because I want to encourage people to think about their will and make sure
their assets go to people and causes they care about.”
For more information on legacy giving, support on will writing or just a
chat, interested parties can visit www.macmillan.org.uk/legacies or call
Macmillan on 0800 107 4448.