Include a gift in your will

All you need:
Charity address and registered charity number
WaterAid, 47-49 Durham Street, London, SE11 5JD
Registered charity numbers:
288701 (England and Wales) and SC039479 (Scotland)

By including a gift in your will you can give people in some of the toughest places in the world the chance to unlock their potential, create new opportunities and change their lives for good.

Why leave a gift in your will?

Right now, for millions of people around the world, collecting dirty water to drink and going to the toilet in the open are a normal part of daily life.

Your gift will fund practical solutions, enabling us to get three essentials – clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene – to everyone, everywhere, within a generation.

Every three minutes, one person gains access to clean water, thanks to gifts in wills.

Combined with decent toilets and good hygiene, these three essentials give children the chance to grow up healthy and strong. Women and men get to earn a living and whole communities start to thrive, giving people the chance to build a better future.

Why I left a gift in my will

"People think of a legacy as the amount of money you’re leaving, but the legacy is the thought that you leave behind. If a charity has touched your heart when you are alive then give it something as you leave. For us, that charity is WaterAid."
Dave (quoted above) and Linda Shurlock decided to leave a gift in their will for WaterAid.

Zione's story

Gifts in wills are vital to helping more people experience the joy of clean water and the benefits this brings.

In Chandaka, Malawi, Zione grew up drinking dirty water. Today, she knows her daughter’s childhood is going to be very different from her own.

“As a child I suffered from cholera so I had to leave school,” she explains. “It was very painful for me because now my friends who finished are doing better.”

"We would go to the hospital and everyone would identify us as people from Chandaka. We were [frequent] customers there because of diarrhoea. Big customers!”

Your gift will help us reach a day when everyone, everywhere has clean water to drink.

Zione Petulo, 20, prepares breakfast for the family using clean water, at home in the village of Chandaka, Salima, Malawi, June 2016.WaterAid/Alexia Webster

Now, thanks to people like you, Zione and her family have clean water in their village for the very first time – and it’s changing everything.

“My daughter’s life will be very different. She will not have to experience cholera,” Zione says.

“When the borehole was put in, we celebrated the whole night!"

Read more stories from Chandaka >

Our promise to you

We understand that making a decision about your will is a private and personal matter, made after careful consideration. That’s why we’ll never ask you to declare your intentions (although we’re always delighted to hear from you, so we can say thank you).

If you’re considering leaving a gift in your will to WaterAid, we make this promise to you:

  • We understand that your family and loved ones come first.
  • We won’t put you under any pressure, and will respect that this is a decision you want to make in your own time.
  • You can change your mind about leaving a gift to WaterAid at any time.
  • Any gifts you leave will be handled sensitively and respectfully.
  • We’ll spend your gift carefully, so it achieves the greatest possible impact in the communities where we work. Find out more about how we spend your money > 

Read more about our promise to you >  

How to leave a gift in your will - your questions answered

Why do I need a will?

Without a will, your estate will be divided according to the law, which may not be the way you wish your money and possessions to be distributed. So it’s important that you make a will with the help of a solicitor to ensure your last wishes are met.

Do I need a solicitor to write my will?

A solicitor will help ensure that your will is valid and that your wishes will be met. However, you can choose to use a will writer or online will provider.

How do I choose a solicitor?

While we cannot recommend a solicitor, The Law Society can help you find one in your area. For more information call 020 7242 1222 or visit The Law Society website.

How much does a will cost?

The cost of writing a will varies depending on how complicated it is. You can ask several solicitors what they charge before making your decision.

In partnership with WaterAid, The Co-operative offers a discounted will-writing rate of £100.

To receive your discount code please call John Sharp on 020 7793 4594 or email [email protected].

What should I include in my will?

It’s worth thinking about what you want to include in your will before seeing a solicitor.

You should consider:

  • What money and belongings do you have? For example property, savings, pensions, insurance policies and bank accounts.
  • Who do you want to remember in your will? List all of the family members, friends and causes you care about.
  • Consider who you would like to be your executor, the person who will carry out the wishes in your will.
I’ve already made a will. Do I need to make a new one?

If you already have a will and would like to make some changes, you do not need to make a new will. Instead you can add a codicil to your will and send it to your solicitor. A codicil is a document which allows you to make changes or additions to an existing will and must be read in conjunction with it.

Download a codicil form [PDF] >

What if I change my mind about my will?

We understand that circumstances can change. You can change the content of your will at any time. We will never ask you to tell you us whether you have left WaterAid a gift in your will, although we're always very happy to hear from you, so we can say thank you.

What kind of gift could I leave to WaterAid?

There are three types of gift you can leave in your will:

  • A share of your estate – This is a percentage of your estate after all other gifts and expenses have been paid. These gifts are very important to us as they usually maintain their value or increase over time. This also means you're less likely to need to amend it in the future. Just a small percentage can transform lives around the world with clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene.
  • A specific sum – This is a gift of a set amount of money.
  • A specific item – This could be something valuable such as an antique, painting, property or shares that we would sell.
What about Inheritance Tax?

At the moment, if you leave a gift to WaterAid in your will it will not be included when valuing your estate for Inheritance Tax purposes. The value of your gift will be deducted from your estate before Inheritance Tax is applied.

However, Inheritance Tax rules can change so it’s always best to discuss your will and the type of gift you might like to leave with your solicitor.

How should I word my will?

If you decide to leave a gift to WaterAid, it's really straightforward to include this in your will. All you have to do is give your solicitor our registered address and charity numbers and your solicitor will do the rest.

Address: WaterAid, 47-49 Durham Street, London, SE11 5JD

Registered charity numbers: 288701 (England and Wales) and SC039479 (Scotland).

Do you have examples of legal wording when making a will?

If you’ve decided you want to remember WaterAid in your will, you can take the following wording to your solicitor. They will make sure your will is valid and that your wishes are followed.

A share of your estate

My bequest to WaterAid of the residual estate (or a proportion of) - a residuary or percentage legacy "Subject to the payment of my debts, funeral and testamentary expenses, I give the whole (residuary) or ______% of my estate not otherwise disposed of by this my Will to WaterAid (Registered charity numbers 288701 (England and Wales) and SC039479 (Scotland)) of 47-49 Durham Street, London SE11 5JD, for the general purposes of WaterAid and I declare that the receipt of their Treasurer or other proper officer shall be a full and sufficient discharge.”

A specific sum of money

My bequest to WaterAid for a set sum - a pecuniary legacy "I give free of tax to WaterAid (Registered charity numbers 288701 (England and Wales) and SC039479 (Scotland)) of 47-49 Durham Street, London, SE11 5JD, the sum of £______ for the general purposes of WaterAid and I declare that the receipt of their Treasurer or other proper officer shall be a full and sufficient discharge."

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Are you interested in leaving a gift in your will? Do you have any queries about leaving a legacy?

Contact John from our Supporter Care team, who'll be happy to help you.

Phone: 020 7793 4594

Email: [email protected]