Leave a legacy

Leaving a gift in your Will

In 1844, George Williams left the greatest legacy of all – the legacy of the YMCA.  This humble farmer’s son, in the spring of 1844, was living in London working in a draper’s shop near St Paul’s.  The hours were long and the living conditions were cramped.

Using his Christian faith, he decided to help change the lives of his fellow workers.  He invited them along to prayer meetings and showed concern for their lives and welfare.

From small beginnings, the YMCA is now one of the largest youth welfare organisations in Scotland.

In Glasgow, the Young Men’s Society for Religious improvement was founded by David Naismith in 1824 and became known as the Young Men’s Christian Society in 1848 after a visit to the city of George Williams.

Today, the YMCA serves the most disadvantaged young people in 100 locations through over 32 local Associations stretching from Stornoway to Stranraer.

By leaving a legacy to YMCA Scotland in your Will you will be ensuring that young people’s lives are not disfigured by disadvantage and that, with us, they can lift their aspirations and achieve their fullest potential.

Make a Pledge

Gifts left in wills are really important to YMCA Scotland. However even if you haven’t made a will, making a pledge to do so in the future would really help us to find out about your future intentions.  You can find out more about it by downloading our brochure.

Pledges are not legally binding so by filling out this form you are not committing yourself! You are simply allowing YMCA Scotland to confidently estimate future support for their cause.  Download our pledge form here.

Leave a Legacy

If you have already made a will but you want to leave a legacy to a charity you can make an addition or change it without re-writing your current will. This addition is called a codicil.

To leave a legacy to YMCA Scotland please download the codicil form and take it along to your solicitor.

Please note however that this form is not legally binding on its own and has to be part of your main will. We advise you to seek the advice of a solicitor.

If you have any questions about leaving a legacy to us, please contact YMCA Scotland directly – they will be happy to discuss this with you.