People being urged to leave money to charity in wills

People are being urged to leave a gift to charity in their will as a way of boosting their funds.

Co-op Legal Services said charities were missing out on donations from millions of adults, as only one in 16 have left a gift.

The Co-op asks all its clients writing a will if they want to leave a gift to charity, raising an estimated £20 million.

Poverty, cancer, animal and children's charities top the list of those being left something by a Co-op client.

James Antoniou, head of wills for Co-op Legal Services, said: "We work with a number of large and smaller charities offering affordable will writing services to their supporters.

"As such we understand that there is certainly a desire for clients to leave charitable gifts in wills and this is something that the charities heavily rely on."

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