Wills & In Memory

Leaving a legacy to Big C is a precious gift for future generations.

Our work is entirely funded by donations, fundraising and gifts in Wills left by our local community.

For 40 years, we have been supporting those affected by cancer across Norfolk and Waveney. From our first small, but important, fundraising project providing chemotherapy equipment at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital in 1980, Big C has grown into an organisation providing practical and emotional support in our Big C centres, funding lifesaving medical equipment, funding internationally significant research projects based at the Norwich Research Park and educating local people about cancer.

Sadly most people will be affected by cancer at some point in their lives, whether that be their own diagnosis, or that of a loved one or friend. As a local charity, we are often overwhelmed by how people express their gratitude for our services. One of the most significant ways they can do this is by leaving a gift or legacy to Big C.

“Our legacy to Big C is our way of thanking the charity for the immeasurable care and support it provided for a dear friend throughout his illness, as well as for the family during this time. It’s impossible to describe just how important this support has meant to us all. Perhaps more important is our hope that our legacy will enable Big C to continue in the future to offer people with cancer and their loved ones this vital service.”

Joan and Dick Allwright

Leave a lasting memory, and make a difference.

Gifts in Wills are a fundamental source of income for Big C and vital in enabling the charity to continue the crucial role it plays, in helping our community cope with the challenges of cancer.

It means that we can continue to invest locally in cancer research and medical equipment and to provide outstanding and accessible support and information close to where people live. It can change the future for people facing cancer now and in years to come.

Why make a Will?

By making a Will, you decide who benefits from your money and possessions when you die. Without a Will, the decision as to who benefits is made by the Law of Intestacy and may not reflect your full wishes.

Making a Will is a way of guaranteeing your wishes are met and reduces anxiety for loved ones at a distressing time. Having your Will professionally written may also help manage Inheritance Tax liabilities. Gifts to charity are usually exempt from Inheritance Tax, although it is best to take advice from a professional accountant or financial advisor.

Planning, making or changing your Will need not be complicated, time consuming or expensive. Your Solicitor, or a local Will Writer, can advise on the information, options and steps required. If you do not already have a Solicitor, the contact details of local legal advisors can be found online via the Solicitors Regulation Authority or from the Citizens Advice Bureau. You could also ask for a recommendation from people you know.

We value every gift we receive. Anything you can leave, large or small, will make a huge difference to our work. Your legacy giving options include leaving a fixed amount of money or a percentage share of your assets making up your ‘estate’, once all your other payments and gifts have been made. Your Solicitor can talk you through these options in more detail. To make sure we receive your gift, there is specific wording you have to include in your Will which includes our registered charity number and contact details.

Please contact katherine.morgan@big-c.co.uk if we can help in any way.

“Gifts and legacies are so important to Big C and the work we do, as they can account for approximately one third of our annual income.”

Carole Slaughter – Big C Head of Fundraising & Communications

In Memory pages on the internet remember and celebrate your loved one, while raising funds for Big C and donating in their name. They are often set up by families who wish to support Big C due to help they may have received during a loved one’s illness.

In Memory pages can be accessed and contributed to by family and friends anywhere in the world. The page can be set up as a Big C Lavender Fund , which allow you to remember your loved one with photos, memories, events and donations in their memory, or via Just Giving or Virgin Money.

Please let us know if we can assist with this personal tribute which will provide valuable help for those affected by cancer.

Please contact fundraising@big-c.co.uk if we can help in any way.

“Sadly I lost my husband to a very aggressive form of blood cancer. We asked for donations to Big C in his memory as we have both been keen supporters of this wonderful charity for many years. So many great achievements have been made possible by Big C thanks to contributions such as these and I hope they continue to benefit from Memorial and Leaving a Gift in your Will donations for many years to come.”

Suzie Abel

Some people choose to celebrate the life of a loved one by asking friends and family to make a donation at their funeral service. This can be arranged via the funeral director, or directly with Big C.

We can offer different options for funeral giving. Donations can be made via our website donation page, cheques can be posted to the address at the bottom of the page or we can supply printed donation envelopes incorporating gift aid details.

Please contact fundraising@big-c.co.uk if we can help in any way.

Leaving a Legacy or Gift in Memory to Big C

An informational leaflet about leaving a legacy gift to Big C including how legacies make a difference to our work, information regarding wills, giving in memory, funeral giving and common legal terms explained.