Gifts in Wills and Donations in Memory

Gifts in Wills 

Friends and family come first. But after you have provided for your loved ones when you are gone, you can also make a huge contribution to future generations by leaving a gift to Reading Mencap in your will. 

Thank you for considering leaving a gift in your will to Reading Mencap. Any amount – even 1% of your estate or a gift of £100 – will help us to create a brighter future for children and adults with a learning disability.

Reading Mencap has been around since 1962 and the demand for our services increases year-on-year. We need your support to meet the challenges ahead.

Gifts left to us are very important and enable us to continue our work for people with a learning disability, their families and carers. Past legacies have enabled us to replace our old minibus, carry out improvements to our Victorian building, and invest in setting up our ME Day Activity Service.

We will use your gift carefully, so that it has the greatest impact.

Anything you leave to charity is free of Inheritance Tax, so it can be a useful way to reduce your Inheritance Tax bill while benefiting a good cause.


What details should I use?

If you’d like to include Reading Mencap in your will, please ask your solicitor to use our full name and details to ensure the gift reaches us. These are:

Reading Mencap, a registered charity in England and Wales no. 1118287.

Registered office: 21 Alexandra Road, Reading, Berkshire RG1 5PE.

Please remember that Reading Mencap is a separate charity from national Mencap, so leaving a gift to just 'Mencap' will mean that national Mencap in London will benefit rather than Reading Mencap.


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Frequently asked questions

If I leave a gift in my will, can I change my mind? Of course. You have the right to change your mind and amend your will without the need to inform us of your decision.

When do I have to make a decision about whether to include Reading Mencap in my will? You can decide in your own time - there is no pressure to make a decision.

Do I have to let you know that I have made a donation to Reading Mencap in my will? We respect that your will is private, but if you do choose to let us know that you have included Reading Mencap in your will, we’d love to thank you properly.


Any other queries?

Please email Marie-Claire Dillon on


£10,000 legacy has given lasting memories

A £10,000 legacy has given adults with learning disabilities and their families many happy memories.

Pat’s Lasting Memories Fund has provided people who use services at Reading Mencap with opportunities, activities and items which have enhanced their quality of life.

Over the three years since Reading Mencap was awarded the funds they have been used to buy walking boots, a sewing machine, a cooker, gardening equipment, bicycles and monthly gym fees.

They have also funded tennis and computer lessons, pottery classes and passes to amusement parks.

Mandi Smith, chief executive at Reading Mencap, said many of the items purchased were everyday items, but which are difficult for people on low incomes to afford.

She said: “Pat’s Lasting Memories Fund has enabled adults with learning disabilities to take part in activities they would not otherwise have had the opportunity to enjoy and to buy goods they have been able to make good use of.

“Leaving a gift in your will is a wonderful way of supporting local communities and we are enormously grateful to the Berkshire Community Foundation and to Pat’s Lasting Memories Fund for their support.”

Pat’s Lasting Memories Fund was set up by the Berkshire Community Foundation following receipt of a legacy via solicitors Blandy & Blandy. The gift was left in a will to provide grants to enhance the quality of life and promote inclusion for adults over the age of 18 with learning and physical disabilities in the Reading area.


In Memory Giving

In memory giving is when the friends and family of a loved one who has passed away make a donation in their memory.

Many families ask for donations to a charity that was special to their loved one instead of flowers at their funeral.

Donations can be sent to the charity itself, via the funeral director, who passes them on to the charity, or they can be made online at

If you have any questions, please email Marie-Claire Dillon on