12 year old Sandhya has been forced to study at home after a cyclone hit her hometown and schools closed.

How to include a gift in your Will

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Download our free Gifts in Wills Guide for more information on the steps to take when writing your Will. The guide includes tips on how to make the best use of your solicitor’s time, and details some of the ways a gift in your Will can support women and girls who are changing the world.      

Read on to find the answers to some frequently asked questions below.  

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Ways to write your Will for free

Whichever option you choose, there is no obligation to remember ActionAid. However, we hope that, after taking care of your loved ones, you will consider leaving us a charitable gift. Any amount will support future generations of women and girls who are changing the world.



The National Free Wills Network offers an expert, local Will-writing service. You choose from a list of law firms participating in your area and book your appointment with your chosen solicitor.

ActionAid will pay the solicitor a discounted rate on your behalf for a simple Will. This service is available all year round throughout the UK. 

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Octopus Legacy provides an easy and accessible online Will-writing service all year round.

All you need to do is answer a series of simple questions on their website, and you will receive a Will tailored to you using the information you provide. Their expert team will check all the details and send you your Will to print out at home.  

The online service is available in England and Wales. This service is completely free for a simple Will. 

If you live in Scotland or Northern Ireland, or prefer to make your Will over the phone or in person, please call 0800 773 4014 to book a telephone or face-to-face appointment. Please quote 'ActionAid' when you call.  

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You can also contact our experienced legacy team for more information or support. 

"I found it incredibly easy"

Jackie Shead, an ActionAid supporter since 1986, told us why she chose to leave a gift in her Will to ActionAid. 

“Once I had included my family in my Will, I decided that leaving something for future generations of people and communities that I have supported during my lifetime would be a great thing to do.

"I have always been very impressed with the way ActionAid uses its money and the longevity of my association and trust in ActionAid led me to choose them. Leaving a gift in my Will to ActionAid felt like the ultimate long-term impact I could have. I found it incredibly easy to leave a gift in my Will and to anyone thinking about writing theirs I would say ‘Do it!'"


Frequently asked questions about leaving a gift in Wills

Read some of our frequently asked questions about gifts in Wills.

Helping girls access education

Sandhya, 12 years old, lives with her parents and sister, Jyothi in Bhubaneswar, India.

In May 2019, Cyclone Fani tore through her community, damaging her family home and destroying her belongings including school supplies and books.

ActionAid provided Sandhya and her sister with educational kits containing notebooks, pens and other essentials in the aftermath of the cyclone. 



Top image: Sisters Sandhya and Jyothi live with their parents in Bhubaneswar, in the Odisha area of India. They are two of the 500 children who accessed educational kits from ActionAid after Cyclone Fani closed local schools and destroyed roads and houses. Photo credit: Srikanth Kolari/ActionAid  

Page updated 11 June 2024