Through a gift in your will, you can help us work towards a world where no-one suffers or dies because they don’t have access to medical care. Your kindness will ensure that future generations of doctors can reach vulnerable people – wherever they are in the world.

Every gift makes a difference

We are extremely grateful for gifts in wills – whatever their size. Every single gift helps our staff and volunteers provide healthcare to those most in need.

There are different types of gifts you can leave: your gift could take the form of a fixed sum of money, or a share of what is left after you have left gifts to family and loved ones. You could even leave a specific gift such as property or an item of jewellery to Doctors of the World.

Leave a lasting legacy

We promise to use your gift to make a long-term difference. Through strengthening health systems, and addressing underlying barriers to healthcare, we want communities – and their healthcare systems – to be strong and sustainable in the long-run. This, along with providing urgent medical care to those in need, is how we make a difference to thousands of people every single year.

You don’t have to tell us if you plan to leave Doctors of the World a gift in your will, but we are always happy to hear from you and would love the chance to say thanks!

“Healthcare is just as important when a life is coming to an end, as it is when one starts”

Some legacy FAQ’s

How can I be sure every penny will make a difference?

You can be sure we will use your gift in the most efficient way possible. By funding projects where the needs of vulnerable people, your donation is guaranteed to have a genuinely significant, if not life-changing, implications.

How might my family feel if I leave Doctors of the World a gift in my will?

Your decision to keep helping the most vulnerable access healthcare is something that your family can feel proud of. We would never ask you to replace the kind of support you would want to give your loved ones, but after family and friends are provided for we would be delighted if you could think of Doctors of the World.

Shouldn't I be helping now, rather than later?

We’re immensely grateful to everybody who supports our work, whenever and however they choose to do so. A gift today can start changing peoples’ lives tomorrow and the need is real and urgent. However, a gift in your will does something special – it can safeguard the future of work and make sure everyone has access to healthcare.

Who can I speak to if I want to know more about leaving Doctors of the World a gift in my will?

Contact our Head of Fundraising Kate Delaney on

Will Inheritance Tax make a difference to the legacy I leave to Doctors of the World?

No. As a registered charity, we are exempt from Inheritance Tax. This is a subject you can speak to your solicitor about as there are practicalities you will have to consider.

For more information on Inheritance Tax, see the HMRC website.

Can I add Doctors of the World to my existing will?

Adding Doctors of the World to your will can be made with the addition of a codicil. This is where your solicitor attaches a written instruction to your existing will. This should be done by your solicitor, otherwise your will and the wishes within it may be invalidated.

Can I afford to leave a gift in my will?

Leaving a contribution in your will is a wonderful way to make a lasting difference, no matter what your situation. Even something that may not seem a very large amount to you can go a very long way to help vulnerable people in challenging circumstances.

Do you have a presentation I could use and share?

Yes! You can access our presentation here with more information on our work and how your gift would make a huge difference to people in crisis.

Contact our Head of Fundraising on
if you’d like to discuss how you can make a difference.


With your support, Doctors of the World will make sure nobody suffers or dies due to lack of access to healthcare.