March free wills month helping great charities

Writing a will

Writing a Will is one of the most important things you’ll ever do. After you’ve taken care of your loved ones, leaving a gift to us is a vital way to help men across the UK fight prostate cancer.

Take the first step by downloading our Will-writing guide now. If you’d like some help with your Will, call us on 0800 082 1616 or drop us an email at legacies@prostatecanceruk.org.

Free Wills Month

Prostate Cancer UK is taking part in Free Wills Month and throughout March, if you’re aged 55 and over, you can get a simple will written or updated for free.

The campaign runs from the 1 to 31 March 2015 and it's a great way to ensure that your wishes are respected, whilst supporting our vital work to keep men and their families together. 

You’re of course under no obligation to include a gift to Prostate Cancer UK, however we very much hope you choose to do so and help us to support men and their families in the future.

How can I get involved in Free Wills Month?

It’s really easy to get involved in Free Wills Month, simply follow the steps below to make your appointment.

  1. Visit freewillsmonth.org.uk or call 0845 020 4309 for a list of solicitors in your area who can help you make or update your will for free.
  2. Make your appointment with your chosen solicitor, quoting Free Wills Month. Places are limited so you need to get in touch with your solicitor as soon as you get their contact details. Your appointment can be after March, you just need to book it during the month.
  3. You will be able to have a simple will written free-of-charge, however if you require a more complex will, you will need to pay for any extra work required. 

If you have any questions at all, please just get in touch with our Gifts in Wills Team at legacies@prostatecanceruk.org

Valerie Thornton, Living Legend

Valerie Thornton left us a gift in her Will. Valerie lost her husband, Brian, to prostate cancer at the age of 68. He had no symptoms, but after a biopsy, discovered that he had a very aggressive form of the disease. Last year we received over £1 million from living legends like Valerie.

When Brian passed away, I lost my way of life. If we had caught this in time, he may have survived. I've left a gift in my Will to Prostate Cancer UK to stop this happening to other men.

- Valerie Thornton

Christine's story

Christine Emerson has made the special commitment of leaving a gift in her Will to our work. Christine's husband, Terry, was diagnosed with prostate cancer two years ago.

"Terry's doctors told us they couldn't cure him, but he's now on drug treatments that are giving us precious extra time together. I'm hugely grateful to Prostate Cancer UK for campaigning to make treatments available to men like my husband. I know my money will do good after I'm gone by helping to support people like us."

 

Prostate Cancer UK needs to be helped to continue to work with passion and commitment for the next generation of men.

- Christine Emerson

 

Andy's story

Andy Clarke

Andy Clarke was just 45 when he was diagnosed with prostate cancer. After months of treatment he is free of the disease and is an active supporter of Prostate Cancer UK, helping us raise funds and awareness of prostate cancer.

"I was one of the lucky ones who survived prostate cancer. I'm still here with my wife and two young sons, going to work, playing football, going running and generally living the life I love. But all this doesn't change the fact that one man dies every hour of prostate cancer in the UK. And it's not just their lives that are torn apart – it's their families.

"That's why I hope you will consider leaving a gift in your Will to Prostate Cancer UK, so that more men can survive this devastating disease."

I survived prostate cancer. You can help many more men do the same.

- Andy Clarke

 

Patricia's story

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Patricia Neeves is 69 and lives in Berkshire. She has two grown-up sons, Christopher and Phillip. Patricia's husband, Ken, was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 1997.

"Ken had a radical prostatectomy – his whole prostate was removed. I wasn't given any information after the operation and we were offered no support on how to cope. Fortunately, I found out about Prostate Cancer UK. The staff supported us all the way through, particularly the specialist nurse, who was brilliant.

"Ken recovered completely from his prostate cancer and we started to offer peer support over the phone with Prostate Cancer UK. At the end of 2000, just before Christmas, we discovered that Ken had a brain tumour. I cared for him for two years until he died in October 2002.

"Since I lost Ken, I've carried on supporting Prostate Cancer UK. I've also left them a gift in my Will because I'm so passionate about the work they do: particularly the support services and the research but also the education. This is vital because, even now, it's still the cancer that isn't talked about."

I've left a gift in my Will to Prostate Cancer UK because I'm so passionate about the work they do.

- Patricia Neeves

How your gift helps

1. Help us find answers

Over the years, prostate cancer research has been badly underfunded. Together, we’re changing this. Since 1996 we’ve invested over £12 million in research, and your gift helps us back the finest researchers as they look for answers to prostate cancer. Meet some of our researchers.

2. Help us support more men

We provide the best information, care and advice available to men with all forms of prostate cancer and prostate disease through our helpline and free award-winning publications. Your gift helps continue that support for men, now and in the future. Hear from some of our specialist nurses.

3. Help us lead change

We work closely with volunteers, the general public and the government to raise awareness of prostate cancer and get the best treatment and support for men. Your gift helps us deliver more education programmes for health professionals, improving standards of care for men affected by prostate cancer.

We all need an up-to-date Will

Making a Will is one of the most important things to consider in life. It should also reflect the changes that life brings, so it makes sense to keep it up-to-date. Your Will is so much more than a document; it's the best way there is to make sure the people you care about are provided for. After you've taken care of family and friends, a gift to our work is a wonderful way to help more men survive prostate cancer.

Preparation

Being prepared can save you time and money, so before you visit a Will-writing professional there are a few important things you should consider:

  • Estimate the value of your estate. Draw up one list with the current value of everything you own (your assets) and another of all your debts (your liabilities). If your estate is worth more than the current threshold it could be liable to Inheritance Tax.
  • Decide who you want to include. Gifts can be anything you own and can take the form of specific items, cash amounts or a percentage of your estate
  • Leaving a gift to charity. Many people do not realise they can continue supporting the causes which are important to them by leaving a gift to charity. Gifts to charities are exempt from Inheritance Tax
  • Choose who you want to be executors and guardians for your children, if appropriate
  • Take essential information with you. Take a list of the full names and addresses of everyone you want to benefit from your Will.

Wording for your Will

Your solicitor or other professional adviser will help you with the wording of your gift, but here is an example of wording you could use:

'I leave ______________ to Prostate Cancer UK of Fourth floor,The Counting House, 53 Tooley Street, London SE1 2QN registered charity numbers 1005541 and SC039332.'

Remember a Charity

We’re proud members of Remember A Charity, a group of more than 140 charities who have come together to talk about how important gifts in Wills are to our work. The recent campaign celebrated our legendary supporters who make this special commitment to our work.