Under-35s 'keen to give legacies'

Many plan to leave gifts to causes they already support, survey finds

More than half of people aged under 35 in the UK are at least considering leaving donations to charity when they die, a new survey has found.

According to the research, carried out by online will-writing firm TotallyFreeWills, 27 per cent of the 1,000 under-35s surveyed said they would definitely leave legacies and 29 per cent said they might set aside money for charity in their wills. Forty-four per cent said they did not intend to leave donations.

Of those planning to make charitable donations in their wills, about half said they were motivated by personal experience and nearly 40 per cent said they would donate to causes they already supported.

Richard Harris, managing director of TotallyFreeWills, said: "If only a quarter of these people who are considering making donations on their wills actually go on to do so, then charity legacy revenues will increase immensely."

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