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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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Thai Dang is one of many that has benefitted from the life-saving work of UNICEF

As a young child growing up in a remote village in Vietnam, Thai Dang and his family didn’t have access to hospitals or clinics. A UNICEF medical team saved his life when he suffered from a severe case of malaria by providing him with the medication he needed to recover. Years later, after graduating from high school, Thai was accepted into the School of Social Work funded entirely by UNICEF, providing him with an education he wouldn’t have been able to access otherwise.

Thai says he owes the life and education he has to UNICEF, and as a way of paying it forward, he and his wife have decided to leave a gift to UNICEF in their Wills.

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We have three children, and it's very hard to divide by three,” says Thai. “So I told them that I will take 10% and give it to UNICEF.

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.

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Leaving UNICEF a gift in your Will could help rewrite the future for children all over the world.