Barnardo’s life-changing work impossible without legacy gifts

The UK’s largest children’s charity, Barnardo’s, depends on legacy gifts for up to half of their voluntary income, which goes directly towards funding vital support services for vulnerable children and young people.

This October, Barnardo’s are encouraging those aged 55 and over to consider leaving a gift in their Will and to take advantage of having a professionally drafted Will by Barwells, a QualitySolicitors firm, at no cost.

The October Will Month campaign started in 2010 and continues as an exclusive partnership between Barnardo’s and QualitySolicitors. Over the nine-year partnership, more than £16.8 million has been pledged by generous benefactors, which has been crucial to funding Barnardo’s services across the UK.

Last year around 301,000 children, young people, parents and carers were supported by Barnardo’s through more than 1,000 services across the UK, including young carers, care leavers, foster carers and adoptive parents, and those needing support with training and skills or parenting classes.

Barwells Partner Stephen Ash said estate planning is not all about death, but about “providing a better life for the people you love and the charitable causes that mean most to you”.

“Thinking ahead about what we would like to happen when we pass away can be an uncomfortable topic for many, but it can save a lot of extra grief for loved ones further down the track,” Mr Ash said.

“Above all else, having a legally valid Will offers complete peace of mind that your final wishes will be carried out and that you have the opportunity to contribute to other important causes you care about, such as the great work Barnardo’s do.”

Barnardo’s Senior Legacy Marketing Manager, Sarah Dalling said the partnership with QualitySolicitors is invaluable.

“Gifts in Wills play such a vital role in helping Barnardo’s remain a constant force for good in the lives of the children, young people, parents and carers who depend on us,” Ms Dalling said.

“Thanks to our continued invaluable partnership with QualitySolicitors, we are able to encourage more people to support us through this special way of giving, ensuring we reach even more of those who need our support.”

To pledge a legacy gift to Barnardo’s this October Will Month and receive a Will at no cost, contact Barwells by visiting or calling 01323 899 331.