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What will your legacy be?

We are grateful to the many civil engineers who continue to make the world a better place, even after they are gone.

Civil engineers by their very nature, want to improve society and the world that future generations will inherit. It is no surprise that many ICE members want to leave a lasting legacy to support future engineers to do the same.


Legacies gifted to the ICE Benevolent Fund helps us to support civil engineers, and their families, all over the world in their time of need. On average, we receive £130,000 per year in legacy donations – without which, we could not continue our vital work.


We are very grateful for every donation, however, don’t often get the chance to thank those leaving a legacy in person. In this video, Kris Barnett, CEO of the ICE Benevolent Fund gives thanks to those that have left gifts in their wills.


We encourage you to pass on our details to your family and make them aware of what we can offer – they are entitled to access our services even when you are no longer here.  


If you would like to support and further the work that we do, legacy payments are a wonderful gift that allow us to continue providing essential services to improve the lives of civil engineers.


Making a will makes things easier and less distressing for those left behind. Leaving a will ensures that you can protect your loved ones and have clarity about your wishes – and yet, 70% of UK adults do not have a will in place.


Sarah Steel, Director of Better with Money had this to say about wills:


“Some people may feel they’re too young to have a will or it’s on the never ending to-do list so why is having a will so important?


Firstly, a will allows you to document who should have your money, property and possessions when you die; known as your estate. It also allows you to choose who will be in charge of organising your estate and following the instructions you leave in your will, known as an executor.


Sadly, if you don’t leave a will, the government will dictate what happens to your money according to the Law of Intestacy and this might not be in line with what you want. For example, if you live with a partner but are not married or in a civil partnership, they won’t be entitled to any of your estate if you don’t have a valid will in place.


You can also use your will to tell people about any other wishes you have, like instructions for your funeral or what should happen to your pets after you’ve gone.


So a will is important, not only to protect your family and heirs financially after you’ve gone, but it can also reduce family stress at what is already a difficult time.”

Join us for our free, half hour Switch on to Wills webinar on 22 September to find out more.


Don’t forget to keep your eyes peeled as we launch our new free will writing service in ! To find out more and register your interest, email us at


Finally, if you’re considering leaving a legacy, or making a donation – thank you.