By leaving a legacy to Child Bereavement UK, you will be ensuring that future generations have somewhere to turn to when a child dies or when a child grieves.

Your gift could:

  • Enable us to answer a call from a father who is unsure of how to tell his six-year-old daughter that their mummy is dying, or from a headteacher concerned about how to support a pupil whose brother has just died. 
  • Provide a couple with bereavement support sessions after their teenage son has died by suicide.
  • Help us to train a police officer or paramedic to offer sensitive and appropriate support after a sudden death.

If you would like to talk to someone in confidence about your intentions, please call: 01494 568949 or email:   [email protected]

Legacy giving, your questions answered: 

Why should I make a Will?

Making a Will is the only way you can be sure your wishes will be followed after you die. If you do not have a Will it can cause additional complications and distress for your family and friends at an already difficult time.

Can I write my own Will?

It is recommended that you use a qualified solicitor. Any small error in a Will can cause issues or even make the whole Will invalid.

What if I already have a Will?

It is good to review it from time to time to make sure it’s still current, especially if there have been any births, deaths, marriages or divorces in your family.

Ask your solicitor what will be the best way for you to add a gift to charity in your Will.

What information about Child Bereavement UK will I need to give to my solicitor?

Your solicitor will need the following information:

  • Registered Charity Number in England and Wales: 1040419 and Scotland: SCO42910
  • Registered address: Child Bereavement UK, Unit B Knaves Beech Industrial Estate, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire HP10 9QY

Your solicitor will also discuss with you what type of legacy you wish to leave to charity (explained below).

What different types of gift can I leave?

  • A specific gift is a possession or item such as jewellery, property or shares.
  • A pecuniary gift is a financial donation of a fixed amount. However, because of inflation, these are liable to depreciate during the course of your lifetime. That’s why some people may prefer to leave a residuary gift.
  • A residuary gift is all or part of what is left of your estate once your other wishes have been carried out.

How will Child Bereavement UK spend my legacy?

We would kindly ask that you please consider an unrestricted gift towards our charitable work. This will mean that we can make sure your legacy is used most effectively, spending it wherever the need is greatest at the time. However, if there is a specific area of our work you would like your gift to support, please contact us and we’ll be happy to discuss it with you.

What about inheritance tax?

In most cases, your gift to Child Bereavement UK will be exempt from inheritance tax. Your solicitor will explain how to make your Will as tax efficient as possible. They can also outline the rules that reduce the rate of inheritance tax for people who leave at least 10% of their estate to charity.

Should I let you know I’ve included Child Bereavement UK in my Will?

You do not have to tell us anything, but if you’d like to, we’d love to hear from you. And if you are also willing to tell us what has motivated you to support our work in this way, your story could be a real inspiration to others.


Thank you, your legacy will help others to rebuild their lives.