A quarter plan to leave legacies, says research

Young and single people most likely to leave money to charity

Nearly a quarter of people plan to leave money to charity when they die, according to new research.

Twenty-three per cent of people polled for asset management company Standard Life's annual survey on wills and trusts said they would leave money to good causes, with 40 per cent of 18 to 24-year-olds intending to do so.

The proportion of people who planned to leave charitable gifts in their wills was higher among those who had volunteered for a charity, at 35 per cent. Twenty-one per cent of those polled were active volunteers.

The poll of 1,018 adults, which took place in October, showed that single people were the most likely to name charities in their wills, with 34 per cent intending to do so. This contrasted with a fifth of married or cohabiting people and 19 per cent of adults who were widowed, separated or divorced.

The report did not attempt to distinguish between respondents who had actually made wills that included legacies to charity and those who were only expressing intentions.

"Legacies are the cornerstone for many charities in the UK and we rely on them to continue our work," said Stephen George, development director for legacy fundraising at the NSPCC and chair of legacy consortium Remember a Charity.




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