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Leaving a gift in your Will

Sian's Story

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Sian Kennedy was a remarkable and determined woman who spent her life selflessly giving and helping others as a district nurse. Tragically, Sian was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and died last year.

Thanks to a gift in her Will to Pancreatic Cancer UK, her legacy of giving lives on as her husband, Andrew, shares here:

"We both talked about the importance of how we could help others and Sian decided that she wanted to change her existing will to include a gift to Pancreatic Cancer UK, which turned out to be an incredibly simple thing to arrange.

Nothing can bring Sian back, but this gift will make sure that her legacy lives on.

Our daughter recently gave birth to a gorgeous little girl called Florence. It breaks my heart that Sian will never meet her granddaughter, but it’s good that there is another girl in the world, taking on from Sian within the family.”

Sian spent her life giving and helping other people. Through this gift in her Will, she is continuing to help others by helping us to invest in world-class medical research to find a cure for the deadliest common cancer. Sian’s legacy lives on.

We are working incredibly hard to turn Sian’s legacy into reality and will be forever grateful to her and to all our legacy supporters for their generosity. 

Our Free Will Writing Services

If you are interested in having your Will written free of charge, we have two different options available which enable you to update or make your Will, either online or by visiting a solicitor. There is absolutely no obligation for you to leave a gift to Pancreatic Cancer UK when you use this service, although we hope you will consider supporting our work in your Will.

The National Free Wills Network

As a member of the National Free Wills Network, Pancreatic Cancer UK offers the opportunity to have a simple Will written or changed by a local solicitor free of charge. 

We will pass your details on to the National Free Wills Network, who will send you a letter containing the details of participating local solicitors. You can then choose a solicitor from the information provided, and contact them within 90 days to book your appointment to make or amend your Will

If you are interested in using this service, please complete the form in the link below.

Request Your Free Will Writing Service


Pancreatic Cancer UK is partnered with Farewill, who are the UK’s leading online Will provider, to offer you the opportunity to write a simple Will free of charge.

This enables you to write your simple Will online in 30 minutes or less, from the comfort of your own home.

Farewill provide live online support from their Will specialists and every completed Will is proof read and approved by a qualified specialist.

After writing your Will, you will need to print and sign it in front of two witnesses to make it legally binding.

If you are interested in using this service, please select either of the options below.

I am ready to write my Will online now

Please send me some more details

If you have any questions or would like to chat to someone about free Will writing, please email our Legacy Team or call on 020 3872 6075.

Our Gifts in Wills Guide

If you'd like to learn more about leaving a gift in your Will, enter your email below and we'll send you our Gifts in Wills Guide.

If you leave your email address we’ll use these to keep you updated on our news and how you can get involved through petitions, campaigning, volunteering, fundraising and donating. If you’re an existing supporter and haven’t provided contact details above, we’ll keep contacting you in the same way.

How to leave a gift in your Will to Pancreatic Cancer UK

Every Legacy gift is hugely important to us. Whatever the size, large or small, your gift will make a lasting difference to the lives of people with pancreatic cancer.

  • There are a number of different types of legacies to choose from, but the two most common are known as Residuary Gifts and Pecuniary Gifts.

    It’s important that you choose the type of legacy that works best for you and your circumstances, please do take advice on this if you are unsure.

    • Residuary

    This is a percentage of your estate after all other gifts and expenses have been paid and you have looked after your family and loved ones. Just a small percentage of your estate can transform the future for those affected by pancreatic cancer.

    • Pecuniary

    This is a gift of a set amount of money from your estate.

  • We recommend that you speak to a solicitor who will advise you and help with the wording of your gift.

    You will need to give your solicitor our registered address and charity numbers and they will do the rest.

    Pancreatic Cancer UK, 6th Floor Westminster Tower, 3 Albert Embankment, London, SE1 7SP

    A registered charity in England and Wales (No. 1112708) and in Scotland (SC046392).

    If you prefer, you can take the following wording to your solicitor. They will make sure your will is valid and that your wishes are followed.

    Pecuniary Gift

    ‘I Leave _____ to Pancreatic Cancer UK of 6th Floor Westminster Tower, 3 Albert Embankment, London, SE1 7SP. A registered charity in England and Wales (No. 1112708) and in Scotland (SC046392).

    Residuary Gift

    "Subject to the payment of my debts, funeral and testamentary expenses, I leave the whole (residuary) or ______% of my estate not otherwise disposed of by this my Will to Pancreatic Cancer UK of 6th Floor Westminster Tower, 3 Albert Embankment, London, SE1 7SP. A registered charity in England and Wales (No. 1112708) and in Scotland (SC046392).

  • If you have already arranged your Will and simply wish to add a gift to Pancreatic Cancer you can complete a codicil form and store it with your will. This form will be read alongside your will and allows you to make changes to your will, without having to rewrite it.

Our promise

Legacy gifts are very special to us and we promise to spend every gift on our work to achieve lasting improvement and to transform the future for everyone affected by pancreatic cancer.

Find out more about our promise to you

Find out more about the impact of your support

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Thank you so much for taking a look at our gifts in Wills information.

In my work at Pancreatic Cancer UK, I am fortunate to see first-hand the impact of gifts in Wills and how we use legacies to invest in world class research to achieve the maximum impact.

If you have any questions at all about leaving a gift in your Will please feel free to contact me. I will be happy to help in any way I can.

Caroline Purewal
Gifts in Wills and In Memory Manager
020 3872 6075

Remember a Charity

Pancreatic Cancer UK is a member of Remember a Charity, who work with 200 member charities towards a future where more people remember a charity in their Will.

Useful Resources

GOV.UK: Advice on making a Will              
HMRC: Advice on Inheritance tax   
The Law Society: Advice on finding a solicitor