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We’ve tried to answer some of the more frequently asked questions about gifts in Wills here. You’ll find more detailed information on the Octopus Legacy website here. If you’d like to talk in confidence with Laura, our Fundraising officer, she’d be delighted to hear from you.


Including a charity like YMCA Exeter in your Will may reduce the tax burden on your beneficiaries as gifts to registered charities are usually tax exempt. These rules change frequently so do also discuss them with your solicitor or Will writer.

Making a Will is the only way you can be sure your wishes will be met after you die. Dying without a Will – ‘intestate’ – can cause unnecessary distress to family and friends.

Start your free, Will-writing journey with the support of Octopus Legacy, an online Will-writing service used by YMCA Exeter and YMCA England & Wales. Simply click here to get started. This page has all the information you will need, including a full list of FAQs and details for online & phone support.

Octopus Legacy also offers telephone and face-to-face Will-writing services for those that would rather speak to a solicitor, to find out more and to book an appointment simply call the team on 0800 773 4014 and quote YMCA Exeter.

Gifts in Wills are an important part of our voluntary income. No matter how big or small, by leaving a gift to YMCA Exeter, you will help secure a brighter future for vulnerable young people in Devon.

There are three different types of gift you might like to consider. A ‘specific gift’ is an item or possession such as jewellery, property or shares. You can also give a ‘pecuniary gift’, which is a donation of a fixed financial amount. Many YMCA Exeter supporters choose to leave us a ‘residuary gift’. This is a share of what remains of your estate once your other wishes have been carried out.

Your Will is a very personal document and you are under no obligation to let us know if you have included a gift to us. However, it is enormously helpful if we do know your intentions. That way we can make sure we only send you information that is helpful and relevant to your circumstances and invite you to appropriate events. We’d also like the chance to say ‘thank you’!

Call or email Laura

You can contact our Fundraising Officer in complete confidence and with absolutely no obligation.

Tel: 01392410530