How to Leave a Gift in Your Will

Leaving a gift in your Will is one of the biggest personal differences you can make to help people living with mental health problems and dementia.

It won’t cost you anything now, but your gift will live on long into the future.

How to leave a gift in your will step-by-step

  • Calculate the value of your assets and deduct any debt you may have.
  • Decide who will be named as your executors
  • Choose the family and friends you’d like to remember
  • Consider whether you would like to leave a gift to charity. If you choose SEL Mind remember to include our registered charity number: 1082972
  • We recommend you get a solicitor to help you with your Will. You can find out how to find a solicitor here.
  • Keep a copy of your Will in a safe place and if you are happy to, share your intentions with us via
  • Request a Free Will Guide

Each year, 1 in 4 people in the UK experience a mental health problem.


By 2050, two million people will have dementia – more than twice as many as have it now.

How Your Gift Can Help

Every year, around 10,000 people in the local community turn to us for support with mental health problems and dementia.

We exist to help and improve the lives of all those locally who need us, but the demands and pressures on both our mental health and dementia services are set to increase. Knowing that we can count on gifts in Wills in years to come means we’ll be able to plan ahead to help us meet the growing need.

"She was able to constantly reassure me and she was very understanding to my feelings and concerns."

Your gift could help change the lives of future generations in so many ways.


could help pay for 20 new mums struggling with their mental health and the challenges of being a new parent to benefit from a programme of peer support groups and one-to-one help so they don’t have to cope alone.


would enable us to give 10 families in the community a much needed break once a week for six months, while their loved one is cared for and engaged in activities in their home.


could run our counselling programme for six months providing a safe and confidential lifeline of support.

Gift in Wills FAQs

  • How can I ensure my gift goes locally to South East London Mind?

    If you are kindly choosing to leave a gift to SEL Mind in your Will, please ensure you specify the following details.

    Official Charity Name: Bromley, Lewisham & Greenwich Mind
    Address: Anchor House, 5 Station Road, Orpington, BR6 0RZ
    Registered Charity number: 1082972

  • What if I already have a Will, can I amend it?

    Yes, you can. You need to add a codicil, a separate document that is kept with your Will. Your solicitor can let you know how to do this. Do not write anything on your Will itself, as this could invalidate it.

  • I already have a Will. Do I need to review it?

    It’s a good idea to review your Will from time to time to make sure it reflects any changes in your family or personal circumstances, like marriage or divorce, the birth of children or grandchildren, or coming into an inheritance. Or you may decide to remember a cause close to your heart, like South East London Mind.

    It is also important to check if your estate is affected by inheritance tax as laws around this can change.

  • What’s the best way to remember SEL Mind in my Will?

    The best way to benefit a charity is often with a residuary legacy. Giving in this way means your gift will not decrease in value due to inflation and can therefore make your legacy go further and benefit more people. Your solicitor or Will writer will be able to advise you on the best option for your circumstances and recommended wording to discuss with them is available.

    You can also request  or download our FREE Will Guide, which has recommended wording.

  • Do I need a solicitor?

    We advise you to consult a solicitor whether you are making or changing your Will. If you already have a Will, it’s important to keep it updated to reflect any changes in your circumstances. You can find a solicitor in your area at or call 020 7320 5650 (Mon-Fri 9:00-17:30).

  • What if I want my gift to go to a specific service or area?

    If you would like your gift to go to a specific service, for example mental health or dementia, you can ask you solicitor to express this as a wish in your Will.

  • Can I specify funeral requests in my Will?

    Yes, your solicitor can help you specify the type of funeral you wish to have and include any special instructions. For example, you may like to ask people to make donation to a charity in lieu of flowers. Find out more about Giving in Memory

  • Should I let SEL Mind know my decision?

    We appreciate that leaving a gift in your Will is very personal, so it’s entirely up to you whether you want to tell us or not. However, if you did let us know we’d be very grateful, whatever your decision. It will allow us to communicate with you in the best way, and to say a very big thank you if you have chosen to remember us. Any information you provide will be treated in the strictest confidence, will not be shared with third parties and is not legally binding. You can email us