Give in your Will

Leave a legacy of hope and healing

With a gift in your Will to Mercy Ships, you can let your love live on in the world, for generations to come.

Coumba after surgery holding her arms out to the side and a smile on her face

Why leave a lasting gift to Mercy Ships?

A gift in your Will to Mercy Ships will be a living legacy of compassion and improved healthcare.

Giving to Mercy Ships in your Will helps to create a bright future for children, young people and adults facing unjust poverty. Your legacy brings hope and healing to people who need surgical care. It frees people from pain, helps children go to school, and empowers women and men to lift their families out of poverty.

A gift in your Will will mean whole communities can lead healthier, happier lives.

What legacy will you leave?

Ruth has been a longtime supporter of Mercy Ships. Watch this video to see the impact your legacy could make.

“My gift will be there for someone when all hope seems lost. It is wonderful to know that.”

Dear Mercy Ships supporter,

I wanted to leave a Will because it’s the kindest and most thoughtful thing to do for your family.

It’s a heart-warming thing to do for yourself as well as you don’t need to feel anxious about what’s going to happen when the time comes.

By choosing to leave a legacy gift, our money goes to things that God has led us to support. So that’s why I wanted to leave a gift in my Will: to make things less complex for family, but also to use our money for things that really count.

For me, leaving a Will means the good that I’ve really enjoyed doing for Mercy Ships will carry on after I’m gone. I know that the money will be used to transform lives. People aren’t just helped temporarily by Mercy Ships. Their whole lives are turned around!

Many of my family are medics, nurses, midwives, physios and therefore they are very supportive of my decision to leave money to Mercy Ships. They know so much about Mercy Ships and what it means to me.

You don’t have to leave a gift to a charity when you have a Will made for free. But if you choose to, you know you are giving the gift of life and healing to so many people who have no one to turn to.

My gift will be there for someone when all hope seems lost. It is wonderful to know that.

– Ruth Guy, Legacy Pledger

How do I give to charity in my Will?

We recommend writing your Will through a solicitor to make it legally-binding, for tax efficiencies, to protect your loved ones, and to ensure that all your wishes are fulfilled.

If you would like to leave a gift in your Will to Mercy Ships, you will need the following information:

Registered charity: Mercy Ships UK

Registered address: 12 Meadway Court, Stevenage, SG1 2EF

Registered charity number: 1053055 (England and Wales) | SC039743 (Scotland)

Free Will writing service

Thanks to a partnership with the National Free Wills Network, Mercy Ships offers a Free Wills service. This enables you to make a ‘Simple’ or ‘Mirror’ Will, or to update an existing Will free of charge. You can make an appointment from a range of participating solicitors in your region. You don’t have to include a gift for Mercy Ships in your Will, but we’d be grateful if you could consider doing this, after providing for your loved ones.

Amend my existing Will

Don’t worry, if you already have an existing Will and would just like to update it slightly, this is easy to do using a Codicil form. You still need to sign this and get it witnessed.

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If you would like us to securely pass on your details to our partner, The National Free Wills Network, please contact us and include your postal address. They will then send you full information, including a voucher for an appointment with a local solicitor. You can set up a meeting to see your chosen solicitor who will draw up your Will and you won’t have to pay the bill.

The National Free Wills service is offered to Mercy Ships supporters who are writing or amending their Will, and covers the cost of a ‘Simple’ or ‘Mirror’ Will.

To find out more, please call 01438 727800 or email us at

What type of gift can I leave in my Will?

There are three main types of gift you can leave in your Will:

Residuary gift

The residue (or proportion) of an estate after all other gifts, debts and expenses have been paid. As this is based on a share (percentage) of your overall estate, a residuary gift is not affected by inflation.

The most popular

Pecuniary gift

A fixed sum of money. The value of this type of gift will decrease over time due to inflation. If you would like to future-proof your legacy, you can ask your solicitor about index-linking your gift, which will preserve its value.

Specific gift

Leaving a particular asset, such as an investment or property.

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