Leave a gift to charity in your will

Remembering Sightsavers in your will means you can achieve incredible things after you’re gone.

Legacy gifts have enabled us to transform millions of lives for the past 70 years. Together, we can do even more.

Ten-year-old Mary from Malawi after cataract surgery. © Jason J Mulikita

The impact of a legacy gift in your will

Your will is more than just a legal document. As well as providing for your loved ones after you’re gone, it’s an opportunity to leave a tax-efficient charitable gift to causes you care about. By leaving money to charity in your will, your kindness and generosity can have a positive impact on generations to come.

Fill in our form to get a copy of our free guide, which explains the steps to take when preparing a will. We’ve also partnered with will-writing services so you can make a will for free.

When making your will, we’d be delighted if you would consider leaving a gift to Sightsavers. Your legacy can change lives: read on to learn how.

Have you seen our TV ad? Watch our video to learn more about the impact of leaving a gift to Sightsavers in your will.

What’s in your free legacy guide?

  • How to make your will, or change it if you have one
  • Understanding inheritance tax
  • Answers to some of the most common questions about wills and legacy gifts
  • How your legacy can help Sightsavers change lives around the world

Agnes smiles brightly as a doctor removes a bandage from her right eye.

Imagine a future where you play a part in saving the sight of hundreds of children, or help an entire community to no longer live in fear from blinding disease.

By leaving a gift in your will, together we can achieve these amazing things – and more.

Agnes smiles brightly as a doctor removes a bandage from her right eye.

How a gift in your will can make a difference

Sanjit smiles with his mother. He's wearing dark glasses. She's wearing a dark green headscarf.

Your gift could fund surgery to stop children losing their sight

Thanks to funding from legacies like yours, children such as eight-year-old Sanjit can have vital eye surgery. Without treatment, cataracts could so easily have stolen his sight.
Read Sanjit’s story

Jeremiah, an ophthalmic nurse, holds up a vial of medication. He's smiling and wearing specialist eye health equipment around his neck.

Your gift could train staff to treat people for blinding eye conditions

With your help, we could train more eye specialists such as Jeremiah, who travels to remote communities in Zimbabwe to treat patients who have no way to get to hospital.
Read Jeremiah’s story

Young children sit together outside eating porridge

Your gift could enable education for children with disabilities

Your legacy could fund work such as our inclusive education project in Malawi, which is challenging stigma by enabling young children with disabilities to attend pre-school.
Read about the project

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A black and white image of children having their eyes checked, in front of a van labelled Mobile Eye Unit.

You may not know much about Sightsavers’ history, but you’ll be amazed at what you’ve helped us to achieve in the past 70 years. See what we do

A black and white image of children having their eyes checked, in front of a van labelled Mobile Eye Unit.
Malawi, 1965: local children have their eyes checked as part of our outreach work in the country.

Why donate to Sightsavers in your will?

Since 1950, we’ve been giving our all to protect sight, battle debilitating diseases and uphold the rights of people with disabilities. We don’t always shout about it, but that’s because we’re busy getting the job done.

As a renowned international charity, we’re proud to be a leader in our field. With the support of our partners, we’ve restored the sight of more than 8 million people with cataracts, and have given out more than 1.5 billion doses of medication to protect people from diseases that can cause blindness and disability.

But we can’t do it alone. We rely on legacy gifts in wills from generous supporters such as you to ensure our work is able to continue, long into the future.

Together, we can create a future in which the diseases that cause sight loss are eliminated from whole communities. By leaving a gift to us in your will, think how many more lives could be transformed after you’re gone.

We’re called Sightsavers, but we’re also disease-fighters, advocates, disability rights campaigners, researchers – and world-changers.

Frequently asked questions

Leaving a will can make a difficult time that much easier.

Finalising the affairs of someone who has passed away without a will causes delays and complications. During this time, your loved ones will be unable to access the money you intended for them, and legal costs could reduce the value of your estate.

Making a will also enables you to leave a gift to other causes or charities such as Sightsavers.

The cost of a straightforward will is often less than £200. This is money well spent to ensure your wishes are followed and your loved ones are looked after.

Sightsavers has partnered with two will writing services to enable you to make a will for less: read about will writing services.

You’ll also need to keep your will up to date as your circumstances and family can change over the years. Minor additions can be made using a document called a codicil, and this is also an easy way to leave a legacy gift to a charity. You can download our codicil form (PDF) to make a bequest to Sightsavers.

Once you have calculated your estate, you can draw up a list of people you wish to benefit and in what way.

At this point, you may also consider leaving Sightsavers a share of the assets that are left over – your residuary estate. A residuary gift is by far the most effective way of remembering us in your will, as the value tends to adjust in line with inflation, meaning we receive the level of support you intended.

Contact us for more on leaving a life-changing gift

Omm and his mother smile widely after his cataract operation.
© Sightsavers/Jason J Mulikita

We know writing a will is a big decision, so please do get in touch if you have any questions – we’d love to hear from you.

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Phone +44 (0)1444 446 600