Macmillan Cancer Support Reports 70% of Brits Don't Have A Will
Released on: November 01, 2011, 5:28 pm
Macmillan Cancer Support
Industry: Non Profit
Macmillan Cancer Support has revealed that nearly half of the
nation (46%) admit they don't like to talk about death at all and feel
uncomfortable talking about their will. Two thirds (65%) say they
haven't even discussed the subject with close friends or family.
The survey of 2,000 people also revealed that seven in ten (70%) have not even
written a will or made plans for what they'll leave behind. To support the launch
of 'Will Aid Month', Macmillan Cancer Support has
partnered with Jasmine Birtles, financial expert and founder of Moneymagpie.com, to
provide a set of tips on will writing, so people can ensure that all they care about
and the causes that matter to them the most, are looked after.
Nine in ten (87%) are aware that they can leave a gift to charity in their will
however only 38% would. Gifts in wills currently accounts for
over 1/3 of Macmillan's funding, but only 7% of the UK population supports
charities with a gift in their will. This compares to over 70% who support charities
in their lifetime.
Sarah Lee, Legacies Manager at Macmillan commented: "Legacy giving is surrounded by
many myths and misunderstandings which stop people from actively considering
supporting charities in this way. By raising awareness of the ways in which people
can leave gifts to charities in their wills we want to overcome these so that
will-writing is discussed more openly and honestly. Gifts in wills are so important
for Macmillan, large or small every gift makes a difference, we couldn’t do what we
do without them."
Jasmine Birtles highlights the importance of making a will and keeping it
updated as personal circumstances change. She said: "If you don't write a will, it
can leave distressing, and often expensive problems for those who are left behind.
It could also mean that people you wanted to look after end up being left out. I am
supporting Macmillan Cancer Support in this matter because I want to encourage
people to think about their will and make sure their assets go to people and causes
they care about."
For more information on legacy giving, support on will writing or just a chat,
interested parties can visit www.macmillan.org.uk/legacies or call Macmillan on 0800
Notes to Editors:
Research was conducted online by OnePoll amongst 2,000 across the UK in June 2011
About Macmillan Cancer Support:
Macmillan Cancer Support improves the lives of people affected by cancer, providing
practical, medical, emotional and financial support. Working alongside people
affected by cancer, Macmillan works to improve cancer care. One in three people will
get cancer. Two million people are living with it. Macmillan can help those affected
For more information, including cancer fundraising ideas, visit www.macmillan.org.uk or freephone 0808 808 0000 for an information pack.
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Macmillan Cancer Support
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