Only 2 per cent of young people would choose to give money to charity if they knew that they had 13 days left to live, according to research by volunteering body Time Bank and umbrella charity Help the Hospices.
The survey of 15,000 people, which marks the start of a joint campaign by the charities to recruit more hospice volunteers, showed that just 2 per cent of those aged between 25 and 34 would give to good causes, compared with 48 per cent of those aged between 55 and 64.
The research and the campaign, which is being supported by Pop Idol judge Neil Fox after his father died in a hospice, focuses on the theme of 13 days because that is the average length of time that a person spends in a hospice.
The survey also revealed that less than a quarter of people would quit work if they only had 13 days to live, and a third would rather make a difference at the end of their lives than indulge in sex, drugs and rock and roll.
The charities are using the survey to appeal to the public to come forward and make a difference by giving time in a hospice.
For more information, visit www.timebank.org.uk/13days.