One in six of over-60s have included charitable donations in their wills, poll finds

According to research published by the legacy consortium Remember A Charity, 35 per cent of those who said they had not included donations would consider doing so

Wills: 16% of those surveyed had included charitable donations
Wills: 16% of those surveyed had included charitable donations

One in six people over the age of 60 say they have included a charitable donation in their will, according to research published by Remember A Charity.

A survey of 1,000 people aged over 60, commissioned by the charity legacy consortium and carried out in June, found that 16 per cent said they had included gifts to charities in their wills.

The research was carried out by the research company OnePoll and found that 35 per cent of those who had not included donations said they would consider doing so. Twenty-eight per cent of the people surveyed said they had not yet written wills.

Rob Cope, director of Remember A Charity, said in a statement: "It is fantastic to see that one in six people have already included a charity in their will and twice as many would consider doing so. This tells us there is far greater potential still to be met when it comes to growing legacies.

"People know they can give in this way and many are willing, but there is a need to normalise this form of giving and ensure that it becomes a regular part of the discussion when planning a person’s inheritance or will."

The legacy consortium’s annual legacy-giving awareness drive Remember A Charity in your Will Week will take place this year from 7 to 13 September.

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