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Why we decided to leave a gift to UNICEF in our Wills

 

 

My husband and I have given both volunteer time and financial help to a number of causes for many years. We felt it important to include some of them in our Will to continue that support for generations to come. One area of our support has been in international development. I often have a sense of the postcode lottery of life that allows for one nation, and its people, to have so many advantages, while other countries and communities endure desperate situations, war zones and natural disasters.

Inevitably, it is the children and women who suffer most of all. It always seemed such a random and unequal birthright. We have three sons. They have been blessed with the advantages of living in the UK and Australia. To imagine them living through the plight faced by so many children around the world triggers something of a sickening knot in my stomach. We are grateful that our boys have not had to face such human tragedy or cultural challenges, but this spurs us on to do whatever we can to alleviate even a small part of that suffering elsewhere. This makes our gifts to UNICEF vitally important – and a gift in Will most important of all.

 

 

We have, of course, made provision for our boys in our Will – but we have chosen to divide our residual estate between charities that we feel strongly about. UNICEF is one of them. We know their work has stood the test of time, tackles widespread global issues and is backing moves to effect change for a better world - so we can all live with the same peace, full bellies, equality and freedom that our family and society enjoys every day. We hope that our legacy may contribute to such a vision for a better world for all children.

Helen and Jonathan Beeby, Melbourne.
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The work UNICEF does "is made possible by our dedicated supporters who leave a gift in their Will to UNICEF, these gifts help us to be there for every child wherever they are in the world and whatever they need. We are so grateful to each and every supporter who makes this very special decision and helps us be there for children. Thank you so much for your support."

Martin Bell, UNICEF Ambassador.
Watch BBC veteran journalist and UNICEF ambassador Martin Bell OBE on the difference Gifts in Wills make to children's lives.

How do I leave a gift in my Will?


When making or updating your Will, you just need to let your solicitor know your intentions. There is no obligation to let us know and you can change your mind at any time.

At UNICEF, we respect that the decision to leave a gift in your Will is special and personal. That’s why we have developed a free Gifts in Wills guide to share more information to help you consider this decision in your own time and provide a clear step by step process.

Our free guide includes information on making or updating your Will and how your legacy gift will have a lasting impact for children.
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Wanted: Champions for children


From remote villages to big cities, boys and girls of all ages all want a chance of a better life. They need champions to give them a chance.

Leaving a gift to UNICEF in your Will can be the catalyst for change that allows those children to realise their full potential.

Will you be their champion?
Leaving UNICEF a gift in your Will could help rewrite the future for children all over the world.