Remember Crisis in your Will

The cruel reality of homelessness

Being homeless is a cruel reality for more and more people in Britain today. Nowhere to call home, no comfy bed of your own, not knowing where your next meal will come from – who would choose this?

Whether sleeping rough on the street, spending the night in a car or moving from sofa to sofa – the impact of this instability on individual lives is devastating. We all aspire to have somewhere safe and comfortable to live, but so many people right now are living without this basic human need.

Your gift could bring hope

By leaving a legacy gift to Crisis in your Will, you can help ease the cruelty of homelessness. Your gift could one day transform someone’s life, bringing stability, security and safety and most importantly, hope.

We understand that when you're planning your Will, your family and loved ones will be top priority. Once you've provided for those closest to you, it can be easier than you think to include a gift to Crisis that could one day change lives. 

No one should have to live without a home in Britain today, but the combined pressures of low wages, unstable employment and spiralling rent costs can push people over the edge, into homelessness. If you believe this shouldn’t be the case – consider leaving a gift in your Will to Crisis, and join thousands of others who believe in a future without homelessness.

Contact us


If you have any questions about leaving a gift in your Will to Crisis, or would just like to discuss it, with no obligations, you can contact George Shelley on 020 7036 2642, or wills@crisis.org.uk. He will be happy to help with any questions you have.

You can also download our free guide, or request for a copy to be sent to you.

Write your will for free

We have partnered with Farewill to offer Crisis supporters an easy way to write your Will, online and for free. Writing a Will can seem like a time-consuming and costly process, full of complex legal jargon – but with Farewill it is much easier.

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David's story

David almost became homeless on two occasions. He knew of Crisis from when he volunteered at Christmas and contacted us for help. Now he has a place of his own and supports Crisis so we can help others who need it.

"I know all too well how easy it is to face being made homeless. I faced a crisis on two occasions when I nearly lost my rented home, due to no fault of my own. Crisis helped me at the time, for which I am very grateful. I’ve got my own place now, but I see all the issues in this country and the way people are forced to live, how they can never afford to buy. They’re landed with poor accommodation, dodgy landlords – the pressure it puts people under is awful. I chose to leave a gift to Crisis in my Will because I wanted to support a charity I trust that pro-actively helps homeless people.” David, Crisis supporter


If you have any questions see if you can find the answer below, or you can contact George Shelley on 020 7036 2642, or wills@crisis.org.uk.

The essential information you need is our charity number 1082947 and address: Crisis, 66 Commercial Street, London, E1 6LT.

When you're planning for the future, we understand that of course, your loved ones come first. One way you can make sure those closest to you are taken care of is by donating 1% of your estate to Crisis, and leaving the rest to your family and friends. A gift like this would make a big difference to the lives of homeless people in the future.

Any gift you leave to Crisis will be spent in the best way we can – supporting people out of homelessness for good. If you are interested in leaving a gift for one of our Skylight Centres, contact our friendly team on wills@crisis.org.uk for more information on how to do this.

Making a standard Will with a solicitor can cost between £100 - £200, depending on your situation. You can write your own Will for free by taking advantage of our offer to Crisis supporters and using Farewill. Head to www.farewill.com/crisis to find out more about how it works and to get started.

You can leave a specific amount, for example £1,000. This is called a pecuniary legacy.

Or you can leave a percentage or fraction of your estate, for example 1%. This is called a residual or residuary gift. These are worked out after all other gifts and expenses have been dealt with.

The Law Society is the professional body for solicitors, you can find a solicitor on their website by using the Find a Solicitor tool, or calling them on 020 7320 5650.

Charitable legacies are usually exempt from Inheritance Tax so generally, leaving a gift to Crisis would reduce the overall tax due. And currently, if you leave more than 10% of your estate to charity, the overall rate of Inheritance Tax you pay is reduced. We cannot guarantee exactly what savings you could make so always consult a professional for financial advice specific to you.

It is sensible to review your Will every few years to make sure it still reflects your wishes – and this could be an opportunity to add a gift to Crisis. When you make a new Will it should contain a clause that revokes all previous Wills. This can be done with a Solicitor, or by using Farewill to write your Will.