Girls at a Unicef supported school in Benin Photo: Unicef/2006/Pudlowski

Why I decided to remember
Unicef in my Will

Supporter stories

Home > Why I decided to remember Unicef in my Will

Legacy gifts are vital to our work to keep children safe around the world. They allow us to respond rapidly when emergencies strike and send out life-saving supplies like water containers, nutrition supplements and mosquito nets. Unicef supporter Iain Place tells us in his own words the reasons for his support and how he made the special decision to remember Unicef in his Will.

Although I think most people have heard of Unicef and of the good work they do all over the world, I was not really aware of the full extent of their help available even years later, after the media spotlight has found a new disaster to shock us.

This was to change when I watched a travel documentary about Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman attempting to travel by motorcycle from London to New York called The Long Way Round. During their adventure they visited various Unicef projects, not only dealing with medical, but also educational and mental welfare in places like Chernobyl.

Ewan McGregor and Charlie Boorman in Uganda Photo: Unicef/2008/Hyun

Ewan McGregor and Charlie Boorman in Uganda. Unicef/2008/Hyun

I was so shocked by what I saw that I picked up the telephone and made my first donation. That was back in 2005. In these last 10 years I have been lucky enough to be able to increase the quantity and size of my donations. So when it came to arranging my Will, Unicef was mentioned.

I will not be alive to witness my biggest donation to Unicef, but after I have gone, somewhere in this world I hope I might help Unicef give the gift of life to a child, or educate them, or maybe just make them forget the horrors that surround them for an all too brief time, and play.

Legacy gifts of any size will help us to protect the children of the future. If you would like more information about legacy gifts, or have any questions please get in touch with our Gifts in Wills team – we would be delighted to hear from you. 

Children playing in Mexico Photo: Unicef/2014/Ramos

Children playing in Mexico
Photo: Unicef/2014/Ramos