This October, Breast Cancer Now are taking part in Free Wills Month which means that if you're aged 55 or over, you can have your will written or updated for free.

How it works

Solicitors in nine cities across the UK are taking part in the campaign for Breast Cancer Now. Find out whether solicitors in your area are part of the campaign on the Free Wills website .

However, if you are not able to an appointment through Free Wills Month, you can be referred through the Free Wills Network all year round.

If your local area is not taking part in this campaign, we are happy to refer you to our nationwide scheme, the National Free Wills Network. Simply email us at gifts@breastcancernow.org for more information.

Both schemes are open to people aged 55 or older, and Breast Cancer Now pays a discounted rate for a limited number of simple Wills to be written.

Gifts in wills are going to be increasingly important for the future of breast cancer research - leaving a gift in your will help bring forward the day no family has to face a future without the woman they love because of breast cancer.

What happens during the appointment?

Your solicitor will help to draw up a simple or mirror will that respects your wishes while avoiding any potentially difficult decisions or legal complications.

They will ask some questions to understand your plans, so it helps to have thought about who you’d like to leave your belongings and home - and also by updating your will, you can support the work of your chosen charity.

What could a gift in your will do for breast cancer research?

A gift in your will could help make our vision a reality - that every woman who develops breast cancer will live, and live well. With your help, we could pay for the long-term research that will lead to new treatments and radical change and progress like never before. The way breast cancer is treated could be changed. Treatments could become more precise, less disruptive and can be made available faster.

Research is a long journey, and we need to have a steady stream of money over the decades so that when a discovery happens, not a moment is lost in taking advantage of it. After taking care of loved ones, some people leave £100, some leave £1,000, a few leave a house. Many leave 1% of anything left over after all their other gifts are made. Every gift makes a mark in the labs where our research happens.

Gwen's story

Breast cancer is a subject close to Gwen Taylor’s heart. Her mum and two aunts have all been diagnosed with the disease so writing a will was high on her agenda, so in 2012 she took advantage of Free Wills Month. After ensuring her family were looked after, Gwen was keen to leave a donation to charity. Gwen chose to leave a gift in her will to Breast Cancer Now to help our life-saving research continue. 

 

Gwen

“I decided to leave a gift to Breast Cancer Now when I went to write my will. Neither I nor my husband had a will and I realised that nothing was in place for our children should anything happen to us. I chose to leave a gift in my will and immediately asked for it to go to breast cancer research. My mother was first diagnosed with breast cancer when I was just 19. My maternal aunties have both had breast cancer, and I’ve had a few scares myself. So breast cancer is close to my heart.”

 

A gift in your will to Breast Cancer Now can bring forward the day no family has to face a future without the woman they love. Our scientists are now creating radical change and progress like never before, and gifts in wills can boost this momentum, so we reach this day faster.

Find out more

If you have any questions about leaving a gift in your will to Breast Cancer Now, or to request a copy of our information pack, which contains all you need to know to include a gift in your will to Breast Cancer Now, please get in touch with the gifts in wills team, by calling 0333 20 70 300 or emailing gifts@breastcancernow.org.