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Remembering VSO in your Will

What world would you want to leave behind?

A world free of suffering? A world of people passionate about making a difference? The list is endless.

At VSO, we want to leave behind a world without poverty. Where people aren’t dying because of a lack of access to healthcare, or denied an education because of their gender.

We believe that we can build a better and fairer world through the power of volunteers. Each volunteer we send makes a tangible difference to communities which can be passed down across generations.

When we all unite, great things can happen. A gift in your Will can help build a better future.


Contact Nicole today

Nicole Young, VSO's legacy giving coordinator

Find out more about how a gift in your Will can make a difference. Contact Nicole:

Email Nicole

Phone: 020 8780 7500
Write to: Nicole Young, VSO, 100 London Road, Kingston, KT2 6QJ
VSO supporter Chris Staples

"Leaving a gift in your Will helps ensure the goods of the world – whether that is knowledge, health or money – are a little bit better distributed. I’m always worried that so many people have so little, and I have so much. This is my way of addressing it, and giving people the opportunities they need."

Chris Staples 

Useful information

How gifts left in Wills are helping to deliver life today

Zenebech Azano with her one-year-old son Daniel in the new High Dependency Unit (HDU) at Nigist Eleni Mohammed Memorial Hospital in Hosanna, Ethiopia. Daniel was admitted with severe pneumonia and whooping cough. ©VSO/Ginny Lattul

Zenebech Azano with her one-year-old son in the High Dependency Unit at Nigist Eleni Hospital. 

Before a Neonatal Care Unit arrived at Nigist Eleni Mohammed Memorial Hospital in Ethiopia, poorly babies simply didn’t get the intensive care they needed to survive. Babies were cared for in the main ward and many died from treatable conditions that could have been prevented by low cost technology and training.

VSO volunteers stepped in, and not only set up a new High Dependency Unit for babies that needed special care, but also trained hospital workers on how best to care for these babies. Nigist Eleni has since had a 73% reduction in neonatal deaths, with mothers being able to take their healthy babies home.

How gifts in Wills are helping children get a better start

In Rwanda it’s hard to be heard as a child at school. With 80 children per classroom, many children only receive four hours of education per day, with teachers taking it in turns to teach smaller groups. These hours would generally involve a “chalk and talk” method. 

VSO volunteers have been helping train teachers in more interactive learner-centred teaching. 

More engaging lessons mean that children are more likely to stay in school – and become equipped with the skills they need to break out of poverty.

The difference your gift can make

We hope that you are inspired by what your gift could achieve. You can read even more stories here.

It’s easy to leave a gift in your Will to VSO and any gift you do leave will make a huge differences to poor communities worldwide. 

The future we want and I’m sure you do too, is one where every child can have a fair start to life and have the opportunities they need to fulfil their dreams.

Thanks to gifts left in Wills, we can reach that day sooner.