Q: Why should I make a will?

A: Making a will is the only way to make sure that your wishes will be carried out after your death. Without a will, the legal system steps in and decides how to divide your assets.

So making a will is important for your loved ones. It’s also an opportunity to remember a charity, like Breast Cancer Haven. A gift in your will costs nothing now but will make a difference to many people facing breast cancer in the future.

Q: What if I can’t leave much?

A: Compared to many charities, Breast Cancer Haven is fairly small. To us, every gift really will matter. And it will add up to make a huge difference to someone’s life at an extremely difficult time. For example, if two supporters left £500 each, it would cover the cost of a programme for one woman with breast cancer.

Q: Do I really need to use a solicitor?

A: There is no law to say you need one, but using a solicitor means you can be confident that everything is properly worded. It could cost your family a lot more to sort out mistakes made in a DIY will, than the cost of using a solicitor in the first place.

Q: I already have a will, how can I include Breast Cancer Haven?

A: You simply ask your solicitor to add a codicil, which is simply an amendment to your existing will – it is very straightforward.

Q: Where will my money go?

A: gift in your Will is a gift for the future, so it will underpin our work in the years ahead. You’ll help us drive forward with our plans for expansion and realise our vision to reach everyone with breast cancer.

You won’t know who will benefit. But you can cherish the thought that, when they walk through our door, they will find a warm welcome, a sense of calm and specialist support they so desperately need – away from the whirlwind of their medical treatment.

Q: Can I leave money to a specific Breast Cancer Haven centre?

A: Yes, but before doing so please call our team on 020 3917 1007 to talk about how to word your request.

If you are able to leave your gift for general purposes, we can use it where the need is greatest at the time. Remember, your gift may not come to us for many years. When we receive your gift, our biggest needs may be different to what we need right now.

Q: Can I change my mind?

Yes of course, your will is your personal document. So you can change it as and when you feel it’s appropriate.

Q: Should I tell you that Breast Cancer Haven is in my will?

A: Your will sets out your personal wishes, so it is entirely up to you whether you share its contents. If you do feel able to tell us about a gift to Breast Cancer Haven it would allow us to thank you and to make a note about not asking you again. It would also give us the reassurance that we have gifts coming at some point in the future, which will help in our planning. You can tell us here or simply by calling us on 020 3917 1007.


Thank you.