Gifts in Wills

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When you leave a gift in your Will to Whitechapel Mission, you help ensure that we can continue to be here every day of the year for everybody who needs us.

It allows us to care for them for as long as it takes to find them the homes they truly belong in, where they are treated with love, care and respect. A gift in your Will helps ensure their future.

We will never stop caring

The Whitechapel Mission has been caring for the homeless and marginalised since 1876 – including a day centre, skills training and career advice, activity programmes and specialist support for complex needs. By encouraging each person to address the issues which caused their homelessness, we help them to gain the skills and confidence to make lasting changes in their lives.

We believe everyone deserves a chance, regardless of their background, race or religion. We are open to all, without exception.

Every day of the year, we welcome the weary faces of men and women facing despair. Many have tried surviving on the streets. Others are encountering homelessness for the first time after losing jobs or facing personal crises. Hundreds of people literally feel that they have nowhere else to turn for help. But through your gifts, you are here for them in their time of need. And we do this without public funding.

We know that we can, and are, making a positive and lasting difference to the people who ask for our help. For 150 years, Whitechapel Mission has been here for people sleeping rough in London, welcoming them in without question and caring for them without judgement. One in three of these people was cared for thanks to gifts in Wills.

A gift in your Will to Whitechapel Mission is an incredible way to celebrate your love of people and leave a lasting legacy for people in need of help by giving them the second chance of happiness they deserve. Gifts in Wills are vital to all areas of our work, so any gift you give, whatever size, will make a big difference to the people coming through our doors.

By remembering Whitechapel Mission in your Will, you’ll ensure that we can continue to be here every day, for everybody, and for as long as we’re needed.

How to leave your legacy

If you would like to leave a gift in your Will to the Whitechapel Mission, we strongly recommend you that you speak to a solicitor to ensure that your wishes will be carried out as you intend.

You will need to take the following details with you:

  • The Whitechapel Mission
  • Registered address: 212, Whitechapel Road, London, E1 1BJ
  • Registered charity number: 227905 (England and Wales)

I GIVE AND BEQUEATH to the Treasurer for the time being of the Whitechapel Mission, 212, Whitechapel Road, London, E1 1BJ, registered charity no: 227905, for the use of the said Mission the legacy or sum of £.................. (free of duty) and direct the said last mentioned legacy or sum to be paid within twelve months of my decease from the proceeds of my real and personal estate, but primarily out of my personal estate, and the receipt of the Treasurer shall be sufficient discharge to my executors.


I leave my / X share (s) of my residuary estate for the Whitechapel Mission, 212, Whitechapel Road, London, E1 1BJ, registered charity no: 227905 (England and Wales), absolutely for its general charitable purposes and I declare that the receipt of the treasurer or other proper officer for the time being shall be a sufficient discharge to my executors.

NOTE: The Mortmain and Charitable Users Act, 1981, enables testators to give by Will for the benefit of any charitable use not only pecuniary Legacies, but also tenements and hereditaments of any tenure. The Will must be signed by the testator at the foot or end thereof in the presence of two independent witnesses, who must sign their names, and addresses and occupations, at the same time, in their presence and the presence of each other.

We are here to help

Leaving a gift in your Will to the Whitechapel Mission is a very personal and important decision and we are here to help. We can offer support and guidance about your gift and we are also able to act as Executor of your Will, offering additional peace of mind that your wishes will be followed.

If you would like to speak to someone about your gift, please email [email protected] or call 020 7392 2700. We will be more than happy to help.

If you have remembered the Whitechapel Mission in your Will, we’d love to hear from you. Not only will this help us make plans for the future, it also means we can thank you properly for your support. Anything you tell us will be confidential and not legally binding.

If you are looking to make a payment from a Will, please contact our Accounts team on 020 7392 2708 or email [email protected]

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 the Whitechapel Mission.

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.

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.

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 the Whitechapel Mission 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.

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