What do you remember about your childhood?

Whatever childhood was like for you, one thing is certain. Your experiences then - and the lessons that you’ve carried through the rest of your life - helped mould you into the person you are today.   

Your Will is an opportunity to remember the experiences that shaped you. By leaving a gift in your Will to Barnardo’s, you can help shape the lives of the UK’s most vulnerable children.

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    How to write or update your Will

    Find out how to write or amend your Will, plus guidance on how to include a gift in your Will

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    Why include us in your Will

    Find out how gifts in Wills can protect tomorrow's children 

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    Help for executors and solicitors 

    Are you an executor for someone who has left Barnardo's a gift in their Will?

Contact us

It is entirely up to you whether or not you tell us about your gift. However, it would be wonderful to know so we can thank you and keep you up to date with our work.

Call us on 0800 008 7005 or email [email protected]

Or write to us at: Barnardo’s, Tanners Lane, Barkingside, Ilford, Essex IG6 1QG

Useful resources 

Inheritance Tax https://www.inheritancetaxzero.co.uk/

Power of attorney https://www.gov.uk/power-of-attorney


When can I use a codicil instead of writing a new Will?

A codicil should be used for small changes such as including a gift in your Will to Barnardo’s. However if you’re making significant changes we would advise writing a new Will instead.  If you do choose to use a codicil then you should store it alongside your Will so your executors don’t miss it.

Can I request that my gift be used on a specific project?

Yes you can. But it’s a good idea to not restrict your gift too tightly as in the future we may not be running that specific project, as we respond to the changing needs of children, young people and their families. We recommend you express your wishes in the form of a non-binding wish by saying “it is my wish but without creating any legally binding obligation that…”. 

Can I use my Will to save Inheritance Tax?

You can leave your money free of Inheritance Tax up to a certain amount. For each £100 above that amount, when you leave £60 to your friends and family, £40 will go to the Treasury, unless you take control of your money and leave that £100 to a charity of your choice. 

That way, you decide how your money is used. Your money, left as a legacy in your Will, could make a real difference to your chosen charity.

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Can I give with an Islamic Will?

Yes, Muslims can leave up to a third of their estate to beneficiaries who will not be a fixed inheritor, such as Barnardo’s. And by leaving a gift in your Will to us, you can pass on the gift of family to others. Your gift could be an act of Sadaqah Jariyah (ongoing charity that continues after one passes away) and help transform childhoods today, tomorrow, and far into the future.

Should I tell you if I’ve left a gift in my Will to you?

It’s completely up to you whether you would like to tell us about your gift, we realise that it’s a private matter for some. We always love having the opportunity to thank our supporters as well as keeping them up to date with our work.