The future is uncertain, but one thing is for sure: there will always be young people in need of support.

The Most Reverend & Right Honourable Dr. John Sentamu, President, YMCA

Since our founding in 1844, YMCA has played a vital and transformative part in society.

With a gift to YMCA in your Will, you can become a key part of our continued growth. You can help ensure that, no matter what new challenges may arise, we will be here to help young people face them.

Find out how a gift in your Will can make a wonderful difference to young people.

Share your intentions with us

If you are thinking about leaving a legacy to YMCA England & Wales, please let us know using our online form, so we can keep in touch appropriately. Anything you tell us will be kept confidential and isn’t legally binding.

For more information on leaving a legacy to YMCA

If you have any questions about leaving a legacy to YMCA, please contact Debbie Bland on 020 7186 9518 or email


What type of gift should I leave?

There are several different ways to remember YMCA in your Will. It is important to select the one that works best for you personally, as everyone’s situation is different. Some of the most common ones are:

Residuary Gift

This will be either a percentage or the whole of your remaining estate, once all debts and other gifts have been accounted for. One advantage of leaving a residuary gift is that it is not eroded by inflation.

Pecuniary Gift

Rather than a percentage, a pecuniary gift is a specific sum of money which you can name as you see fit. Please note that pecuniary gifts can be significantly affected by inflation, so many people choose to make them index-linked to help preserve their value.

Specific Gift

If you wish, you can leave a particular item, such as a painting or a piece of jewellery. Please talk to your solicitor about the kind of gift that is right for you. We are extremely grateful for every gift we receive.

Do I need to draw up a new Will?

If you have a Will and just want to add a gift to YMCA, you can simply add a Codicil.

You should ask your solicitor to help you ensure your wishes are known and acted upon, or you can contact YMCA on 020 7186 9518 or email to request a Codicil form.

Do I need a solicitor?

We advise you to consult a solicitor whether you’re making or changing your Will. This way you can be sure that instructions are clear and your wishes can be carried out.

You can find a solicitor in your area at or call 020 7320 5650 (Mon-Fri 9:00-17:30).

Who should I choose as executor?

Consider whether a close friend or family member is the right person to ensure your wishes are carried out. Some people choose to pay a bank or a solicitor to act as executor.

What is inheritance tax?

Some estates are liable for inheritance tax. The threshold changes and you can find the latest details at

Get in touch

If you have any questions about leaving a legacy to YMCA, please contact Debbie Bland on 020 7186 9518 or email