Leave a legacy

By remembering Missing People with a gift in your Will, you are making a unique and special commitment.

When someone goes missing it can be the worst day of their family’s lives. And, every year, 186,000 people go missing in the UK. Of these, more than 130,000 are children and young people.

Twenty five years ago, our founders saw first-hand the real need for specialist support for families of missing people, and since then we have become experts in the field. Our helpline is open 24-hours a day, all year round, offering a vital lifeline for families of people who have disappeared and missing people wanting to reconnect with their loved ones. Every year, we reconnect thousands of adults and children as well as provide hundreds more families of missing people with on-going specialist support.

Your legacy will help us continue the work of our founders, Mary and Janet, as we support those who are facing some of the most difficult times of their lives. Leaving a gift in your Will is a highly personal and very special gift. It is up to you whether or not you inform us of your intention to leave us a legacy gift. However, knowing about your legacy will help us plan ahead and will enable us to keep you in touch with our work.

By leaving a gift in your Will, you will be a lifeline for a lifetime. A legacy donation is one of the most effective and long-lasting ways you can help Missing People. Your pledge of support is sincerely appreciated.

How your legacy will be used

We rely on the generosity of our supporters to enable us to continue to provide support services to missing people and their families. Without you, our work simply wouldn’t be able to continue. Whatever the amount – large or small – your contribution is invaluable. Your support means we can:

Reach out to a missing person by text.

Answer a call from a missing people and/or their family members.

Manage a call between a missing teenager and their parents.

Provide counselling sessions for the parents of a missing child.

Launch an appeal for a missing person.

Reconnect long lost relatives with each other.

How to make a legacy gift

If you have an existing Will, but would like to leave a legacy to Missing People, you can do so by making an amendment to your existing Will (called a codicil). If you do not have a Will at the moment, you can include a bequest when you write a Will. Whatever your circumstances, we would advise that you see a solicitor to ensure that your wishes are followed.

Types of legacy gifts

Key points to consider

Always consult a solicitor

It is a good idea to assess what you want to include in your Will, taking into account any savings, property, mortgages and any money owing. Once this is established, arrange an appointment with your solicitor to discuss your Will further.

Appoint your executors

Executors are charged with carrying out the instructions you leave in your Will. It is ideal to appoint two people you trust, such as loved ones or professional advisers. It is a good idea to let your loved ones know that you are leaving a gift to charity in your Will, so they are aware of your wishes.

Who do you want to benefit

You may wish to list your beneficiaries as well as gifts you want to leave them. These could be loved ones as well as charities you care about. You can bequeath anything from personal assets
to property.

Stay up to date 

It is very important to keep your Will up to date to ensure your wishes are met. At such a difficult time, this could cause your family and friends even more heartache. It's important to review your Will regularly – at least once every five years or if you have any major life changes (such as getting married or having children or grandchildren).

Please note 

Making changes directly to your Will can invalidate it. We recommend that you consult your solicitor. The wording of gifts may vary in Scotland – your solicitor will be able to advise you on the correct terms.  Your privacy is of the utmost importance to us and will be fully respected at all times. All the information you provide will remain strictly confidential.

Frequently Asked Questions

The information contained here is for guidance only. Please seek professional legal advice from your solicitor when making or amending your Will.

  • What is a legacy?

    A legacy is a gift left in your Will. You can leave a legacy by writing a new Will, or by making an addition (called a codicil) to your existing Will. We recommended you speak to your solicitor if you wish to create a Will or make any amendments to an existing Will.

  • I’d like to leave a legacy to Missing People. What information do I need to include?

    The most important information you need to include is the charity’s registered name, address and charity number. Your solicitor will be able to assist you with appropriate wording. Please see our details below:

    Missing People
    Roebuck House
    284 Upper Richmond Road West
    London, SW14 7JE
    United Kingdom

    Registered charity number: 1020419

  • What is the best way to leave a gift in my Will to Missing People?

    A legacy need not be high in value. Any gift large or small will make a difference. Many supporters decide to leave a ‘residuary’ gift in their Will (a percentage of the remainder of your estate after all other bequests have been issued). This gift will simply come from whatever is left after your loved ones have been provided for.

  • Are there any tax benefits to leaving a gift in my Will to Missing People?

    If you leave a gift in your Will to a charity the gift is exempt of inheritance tax. This means it is deducted from the total value of your estate before the calculation for inheritance tax is made. For more information, please click here.

  • I want to leave a gift to a specific project. Can I do this?

    Having flexible funding is essential to Missing People’s ability to sustain and expand our support services. Leaving a legacy for our charity general use is most effective as it means that your gift will be used where it is needed most. Leaving a legacy gift to a specific type of work might mean that it cannot be used. This can occur if we no longer conduct the type of work specified in the future.

  • My relative has passed away and left a legacy to Missing People in their Will. What do I need to do?

    We are very grateful for legacy gifts from generous supporters. Please ask the Executor to notify us in writing of the legacy gift by sending a letter to our address listed above so that we can commence the process of transferring the legacy gift to Missing People. Thank you. Our thoughts are with you at this time.

  • Why is having a Will important?

    Having a Will is the only way to ensure that your wishes are followed once you are gone. If you do not have a Will, the law will decide who inherits your property and monetary assets. Leaving clear instructions and sharing your decisions with your family and friends can give you peace of mind that your final wishes will be understood and respected after you are gone. We recognise that writing a Will is one of the most significant decisions you’ll ever make and appreciate that it’s important to take your time and have all of the relevant information you need to assist you with the process.

    The information contained here is for guidance only. Please seek professional legal advice from your solicitor when making or amending your Will.

Here is my promise to be a lifeline for a lifetime

If you would like to leave a gift to Missing People in your Will so we can continue our services for those missing and their families, please let us know.

Alternatively, you can email us at legacy@missingpeople.org.uk or call our team on 0208 392 4520 and we can send you a printed brochure about legacy giving. We’ll be happy to answer your questions. Please be assured that any pledge you make is NOT legally binding. The information you provide to Missing People is treated with the strictest confidence.