Our Legacy team share why preparing a will is important, and tips to help you get started. 

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In my job as Breast Cancer Care’s In Memory and Legacy Fundraising Officer I've lost count of the times I've been told that the only certainty in life is death yet it never ceases to amaze me how unprepared we are for this in the UK. It is almost a taboo subject.

But as the coalition Dying Matters points out talking about death doesn't bring it closer. It's about planning for life. We’re members of the coalition and as part of its campaign to open up communication this week has been designated Dying Matters Awareness Week. This is why I’m writing today.

Writing a will matters

We are bombarded with online and TV adverts for different ways to borrow money switch our bank account or look for the best deal for our gas and electricity – we’re becoming quite savvy at getting good deals. But many of us are reluctant to do something that really matters and that is to write our will.

Nearly two-thirds of people haven’t written a will including a quarter of people over the age of 65. Yet without one our family and friends have so much more to do at what is an extremely difficult time for them. And without a will neither those we love nor our favourite charities are remembered.

So many of us give to charities during our lifetime yet only 7% of us currently include a gift in our will to our favourite charities. What stops people giving to charities in this way? Are we reluctant because we can't know exactly how it will be spent?

Doing something amazing

Here your legacy would help ensure that people whose lives will be turned upside down by breast cancer have our support in years to come. You can help us be there for anyone who’ll need us when they’ll need us most.

Many people think that because they have families to think about or don't have a lot to leave that they can't leave a gift to charity. However a gift of 1% of everything they own could make a real difference to the charity and still leave 99% for family and friends.

Recently someone was telling me that they had already arranged for a percentage of their private pension pot to come to Breast Cancer Care. Others I know are thinking about assigning a percentage of any ‘death in service’ benefit as their family and friends are well provided for elsewhere. It's great to have such wonderful support.

Get in touch with nancy.everson@breastcancercare.org.uk  or 020 7960 3508 for one of our leaflets which will help you list important information like bank accounts insurance policies and so on. I can also let you have wording if you'd like to include a gift to Breast Cancer Care in your Will.

I’d love to hear from you and help you do something amazing for people in the future affected by breast cancer.