Most children 'proud' if parents leave bequests to charity

Remember a Charity survey finds cancer and child welfare are the most popular causes for wills

Nearly nine out of 10 people would be "proud and pleased" to see their parents leave money to charity in their wills after they have looked after their family, according to new research.

The survey by legacy consortium Remember a Charity found that 89 per cent of those polled would support the move. Only 7 per cent of the public would regard such a decision as "eccentric".

More than 1,000 people were interview for the research, which revealed that the causes they would be most proud for their parents to consider leaving a legacy to were cancer and child welfare.

Stephen George, chair of Remember a Charity and head of legacies at the NSPCC, said the research "flips the issue of charity-giving in wills on its head. Despite what many parents think, it seems many of us are very happy to see a proportion of our parent's estates go to charity.

"This perception gap may be why only 7 per cent of the UK's population have included charitable gifts in their wills."

The survey also found that 80 per cent of respondents regarded themselves as charitably minded and 72 per cent had become more interested in issues such as international aid and the environment over the past five years.

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