Support our vital work and help us create a better future for men and their families affected by prostate cancer by leaving us a gift in your Will.
The number of men identified with the disease is growing fast. By 2030 it is predicted to become the most common of all cancers. Yet tests for prostate cancer still aren't good enough. And although prostate cancer affects almost as many men as breast cancer affects women, the difference in awareness, treatments and support for men is astounding.
This is where your gift can help.
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.
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.
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.
After you've looked after family and friends, please consider leaving a gift in your Will to Prostate Cancer UK.Download our free Will-writing guide
Andy Clarke was just 45 when he was diagnosed with prostate cancer. Find out more about Andy's story below.
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.Read Andy's story
Making a Will is one of the most important things to consider in life, but it doesn't have to be complicated. It's really vital that your Will reflects the changes that life brings, so it makes sense to keep it up-to-date.
Your Will is so much more than a document and although the process can seem daunting; it's the best way there is to make sure the people you care about are provided for. Some useful information to help you through the process is below:
We recommend using a solicitor or professional will-writer to make sure your Will is legal and valid. They 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.'
We receive many different types of gifts in Wills and we're always incredibly grateful to receive each one. There are three main types of gift you can leave in your Will:
1. Residuary Legacy
This is a share (or maybe even all) of the residue of your estate once all other payments have been made such as tax, administration expenses, lifetime debts and of course, any pecuniary or specific legacies you may wish to leave (see below for more information on these type of gifts). The advantage of this type of gift is that it will not lose its value over time, and if you leave a proportion to us you can still ensure other beneficiaries are taken care of.
2. Pecuniary Legacy
This is where you can leave us a fixed amount of money. It's worth being aware that the effects of inflation could mean that the ultimate value of this gift could become less than you intended. This can be addressed if you review your Will regularly or you link your gift with inflation. If you are considering a pecuniary gift, your solicitor or professional Will writer can advise you on wording to do this.
3. Specific Legacy
This is a gift of a specific item. It could be anything from jewellery to a house - it's entirely up to you.
When you choose to leave a gift in your Will to Prostate Cancer UK we promise to...
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.
There are a lot of things to consider before you start to think about visiting a solicitor or a Will-writing. Some key things to keep in mind are below:
Compile a list with an up-to-date value of everything you own (your assets) and another with all your debts (your liabilities). If your estate is worth more than the current threshold it could be liable to Inheritance Tax.
You might decide to leave specific items to friends or family, a sum of money or maybe even a share of your estate.
It's worth being aware that recent changes to Inheritance Tax (IHT) legislation mean that if you choose to leave over 10% of your estate to charity, then the rate of any IHT due (on any part of your estate where IHT is payable) would be reduced from 40% to 36%. If the value of your estate is over £325,000, use of this would enable you to leave a legacy to charity, whilst reducing the rate of IHT payable. It's worth speaking to a solicitor as this is quite an involved process.
Executors are responsible for administering your Will when you are gone. It's their duty to inform beneficiaries of their gifts, and to settle any debts you owe. They will also deal with the HMRC if needed.
It's important that whoever you choose to be your Executor/s that you have complete trust in them and that they understand the responsibility involved. You could choose a family member, a friend or even a professional such as an accountant or solicitor (bear in mind they would normally require payment from your estate).
Take a list of the full names and addresses of everyone you want to benefit from your Will.
Patricia has chosen to leave a gift in her Will to Prostate Cancer UK after her husband passed away in 2002. Read more about Patricia's story below.
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.Read Patricia's story