Leaving a gift in your Will is a great way to continue your support of Prisoners Abroad long into the future. In doing so, you can help us ensure that British people detained overseas, when they return to the UK, and their families are taken care of in the years to come.

Write your Will for free

Prisoners Abroad is delighted to announce that we have partnered with a free online Will writing service called FreeWills. This means that writing a Will – providing for your loved ones and leaving a gift to Prisoners Abroad (if you choose to) – won’t cost anything at all for most people. Each Will is checked by legal experts and your Will can be updated quickly and easily for free.

For the 15-20% of Wills that are more complex, for example if they involve overseas assets or trust funds, FreeWills offer their services for a fee.

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Why consider leaving a gift to Prisoners Abroad

When it comes to writing your Will it's completely understandable that you will want to look after your loved ones first. But once those closest to you have been provided for, you might consider leaving something to Prisoners Abroad too. You may feel you don’t have much to leave, but any gift you choose to leave will be valuable to those we help.

Legacy gifts help ensure we can continue to:

  • Protect the human rights and welfare of British people in prison overseas by providing grants for food, clean water and medicine to keep people alive
  • Provide one-to-one support to family members as well as hosting family days and support groups to help people break down barriers and deal with the stigma they face
  • Ensure people returning to the UK after their sentence do not become homeless, and support them with finding housing and work to get back on their feet again and have a crime free future. 

Gifts left in a Will don't have to be large amounts; they come in all shapes and sizes - with gifts ranging from £100 to £100,000, from 1% of an estate to 100%, or anything left over after your family have been provided for. They don’t even have to be money – some people choose to leave an item of value to their chosen charity. It is completely up to you. Whatever you choose to leave, your donation will help us continue to reach the people who need us most in the future.

Catherine and her husband are beneficiaries and have also decided to Leave a Legacy to Prisoners Abroad:

Prisoners Abroad has been with us since my family’s tragic news broke and we have not hesitated to include them in our estate plans. Julian and I appeal to everyone who has been helped, or touched, or simply moved by the mission of Prisoners Abroad, to consider making a bequest or other legacy arrangement for this wonderful charity. Major bequests are vital, but the amount you give doesn’t matter, as long as many of us join together in this action.

Read Catherine's blog about deciding to leave a legacy, or watch her video below:

Useful links and information

If the whole thing seems a little daunting right now, don't worry - making a Will is actually a lot simpler and more affordable than you may think. If you already have a Will then it's even easier to leave a gift to Prisoners Abroad. It's simply a matter of adding in a small clause using a form called a Codicil, though we would recommend you consider using a solicitor to help with this.

We have included a Codicil form below as well as some useful information to get you started:

How gifts in Wills help  Recommendations for legal wording  

Codicil form  Legacy pledge form

If you would like to discuss writing your Will with a solicitor, you can find a list of local solicitors in your area by visiting the Law Society website. Please ensure you find a solicitor you are happy with. 

Contact us

If you would like to discuss leaving a gift to us in your Will, please feel free to call our team who would be more than happy to speak with you and answer any questions that you might have.

Call us: 020 7561 6832 

Email us: [email protected]

Write to us: FAO Stephen Strickland, Prisoners Abroad, 89-93 Fonthill Road, London, N4 3JH

If you would like to give a gift in memory of someone, please go to our dedicated In Memory page.