When you leave a gift in your Will to Variety, you help ensure that we can continue to be here for the children and young people who need us – now more than ever.

We couldn’t do what we do without the support of people who leave us a legacy – in fact, gifts in Wills make up a considerable proportion of all our donated income.

We are thankful to learn how Variety has used Uncle Alan’s legacy, it is much appreciated and, as parents of a child on the autistic spectrum, we feel that it has been spent wisely. This is such a great cause and will improve children’s lives that really do need it and I know that Uncle Alan would have been very pleased with this.

Beverley Goulding, Alan Gough’s great-niece
Why leave a gift to Variety?

It will change lives. Your gift will play a crucial role in ensuring Variety can continue to support families all across the UK when they turn to us for help.

It creates a legacy. Leaving a gift in your Will is one of the most effective and long-lasting ways you can impact a cause that is close to your heart. Whether that’s helping children who have disabilities, or those who disadvantaged, you will make a difference.

It’s easy. It doesn’t take long to make a difference—a simple Will can take as little as one hour to do.

It doesn’t affect your lifestyle today. Making a decision to include a gift to Variety in your Will enables you to consider a gift that you might not be able to afford today, but would love to make if you could. And you can even discuss with the team at Variety how you would like your gift to be used, so you can fully appreciate its impact.

How will a gift in my Will help children?

You can even discuss with the team at Variety how you would like your gift to be used, so you can fully appreciate its impact.

Read about some of the children we have helped.

How do I leave a gift in my Will?

There are three main ways to leave a gift in your Will. A Residuary Gift is the gift of either all, or a share of, what is left in your estate after all other gifts to family and friends (plus any taxes and expenses) have been paid.

  • A Pecuniary Gift is a gift of a stated amount of money which is left to a named person, charity or other organisation. Inflation can reduce the value of these gifts over time, so they should be regularly reviewed.
  • A Specific Gift is a gift of a specific item, like a piece of jewellery, furniture or property, rather than a sum of money. The item must be described precisely and the name and address of the person or organisation to whom the gift has been left must be provided.

Your solicitor or financial advisor will be able to check over everything for you but it may be helpful for you to consider  the options below in advance. We are a member of The Goodwill Partnership which is the largest distributor of home-visit solicitor-provided Wills in England and Wales. The service includes a free, no obligation home-visit.

Do I need to make a new Will, or can I just amend my existing one?

If you already have a Will and simply want to make some changes, you need to add a codicil. A codicil is a separate instruction that is then kept with, and as part of, your Will. You can download one here or we can send you one.

If you do decide to leave a gift to Variety, you might want to consider pledging your legacy now. This information will be treated in the strictest confidence. You don’t have to be specific about any details at this stage but it will help us, when planning the help we can provide to future beneficiaries, to know what gifts have been promised.

It is entirely your decision to tell us if you are leaving a gift in your Will, but if you would like to discuss any aspects of leaving a gift to Variety we will be happy to help you in any way we can. All conversations are treated in the strictest confidence. Alternatively, you can complete our confidential legacy pledge form.

Please be assured that it is totally against Variety’s fundraising policy to make unsolicited phone calls to potential donors.

To find out more, please contact us at community@variety.org.uk or 020 7428 8100.

You can also write to:

Variety, the Children’s Charity
Variety House
93 Bayham Street