Legacy and anniversary gifts

Legacies are special gifts to charity, often made as ‘thanks for the memories’ or ‘I love what you do’ donations. Legacies provide poignant, expressive and helpful support to charities and what’s more they are tax efficient.  Legacies matter to the donor, their family and they matter to YHA too. Live on through your legacy, leave a special legacy gift today.

YHA is a member of Remember a Charity which gives professional support to our In Memorium and Legacy Manager and is a support arm for charities generally with legacies and will making. Remember a Charity offers access to a telephone will writing service through Co-Op Legal Services.

How to leave a gift in your will

Whether you have a will already, or you’re planning to write your first will, it’s not hard to do. It’s best to visit a solicitor, to make sure your wishes for your family and any charities can’t be misunderstood later on.  Many solicitors offer a free simple will-writing service.  Dying without a will leaves your estate intestate and this can create problems for your loved ones at an already difficult time.  It often means long costly delays in administering your affairs.  Your will makes sure your wishes are carried out.

Our legacy promise to you

When you put a gift in your Will to YHA (England & Wales):

  • We’ll answer any questions sensitively, honestly and quickly.
  • We won’t put you under pressure – this is a big decision so please decide in your own time.
  • Your loved ones come first – we respect that and won’t try to change it.
  • We’ll use your special gift wisely and effectively.
  • You don’t have to tell us your decision – we respect your right to privacy.
  • You can come and see our services first hand – just let us know.
  • If you want your gift to be spent in an area that’s special to you, we’ll arrange it.

Special events – coming soon!

We hold a number of special events throughout the year to share our fantastic spaces and places with you.

The events will be entertaining, interesting and will usually involve a complimentary dinner, a bed overnight, breakfast and plenty of fun! We’ll also talk about gifts in wills, tax effectiveness and how legacies are most welcome contributions every year, helping YHA to do so much more.

Next year’s events will commence with a Shakespeare themed event at YHA Stratford upon Avon in February (5th/6th).

Following this, events will take place in:-

YHA Conwy                       March 4/5th

YHA Brighton                   April 11/12th

YHA Grinton Lodge         May 20/21st

YHA Sheringham             September 5/6th

YHA Hartington Hall        October 27/28th

YHA Bath                          November 14/15th

If you’re interested in knowing the arrangements when they are confirmed please email [email protected]

Free Wills Month

October and March each year are Free Wills Months. During these periods people aged 55 or over can visit solicitors involved in this charity initiative to have a gold standard Will written for free, saving between £120 to £150. There are 27 solicitors involved in various places including Cardiff, Liverpool, Sheffield, Blackpool and London.  You don’t have to reside in one of these places but would have to travel to the nearest solicitor. As a charity backed scheme there is an assumption that a charity gift will be made in your Will, so why not support YHA.

Take advantage of this service to save money and give to your favourite charity. It’s simple and there’s no catch.


Do I have to be wealthy to leave a gift in my will?

Not at all! Lots of legacies are relatively small and at YHA we receive gifts ranging from £100 upwards. Whatever you can afford, we will turn it into something important, necessary and appropriate to your memory.

Including a gift to the YHA in your will doesn’t affect how much money you have to provide for old age. Your estate is calculated based on whatever is left after you die.  If you arrange your gift to the YHA as a residuary gift, it will only be paid out after all the other gifts you leave to your family or friends have been made.

Wouldn’t it be better to help now rather than later?

If that’s what you prefer that would be most welcome.  Many people who leave a legacy to the YHA have also supported our work during their lifetime too. Others use their wills to support our charity for the first time.  If you’d like to discuss a gift now or later call on 01629 592720 to speak to Karen Frampton.

Will my money be put to good use?

Yes of course!  YHA is a charity with young people at the heart of what we do.  That is whether we are providing 100% funding for those who cannot afford a YHA stay or improving our network to give a better stay, we are continually providing life enhancing experiences for those living challenging lives. Gifts in wills are so important in recreating the memories you enjoyed all those years ago for young people today.

What will my family think?

Your will is a reflection of what matters to you and for most people that is their family and friends.

Adding a gift in your will to charity doesn’t stop you from looking after your family, especially if the charity gift/s is from whatever is left over after all your gifts to family have been made.

We involve family in the process and know that most are proud of the gifts their loved ones leave to YHA.  This kindness from their loved, that they often didn’t know about until after you have gone, often helps the grieving process for them.

Can I choose how my gift to charity is spent?

Yes, of course! However, most people leave their gift to YHA without specific conditions so that it can be used wherever it will have the greatest effect, trusting YHA to decide when the time comes.

If a particular region or project has a special significance for you, we are more than happy to discuss the different options available.

Simply get in touch with Karen Frampton, Legacy and In Memory Manager, on 01629 5992720

Can I add a gift to an existing will?

Usually, yes.  You can do this by adding a codicil. Your codicil changes an instruction in your will. We suggest that you should use a solicitor to do this, to make sure it fits smoothly with the rest of the gifts in your will. Please never write on an existing will as this action could negate it. You should keep any codicil with your existing will.

Do I need to tell YHA about a gift I’m leaving?

You don’t need to, but if you would like to tell us that would be wonderful. We would love to say thank you, and to keep you informed and inspired by our work.

What if I change my mind about a gift to YHA?

Circumstances change and we understand that. If you need to make changes please do so without worry. If you had mentioned a gift to YHA previously, please do let us know about the change.