The Co-op legal services have reported that they have seen an increase in bequests to charity in their Wills. This could be due to the reduced rate of inheritance tax from 40% to 36% if a person leaves 10% of their estate to charity, or possibly the Will Aid campaign. 

It has also been reported that smaller charities are benefiting rather than larger well-established charities. This could be due to the scandals involving some large charities, or maybe people are just benefiting their local community. 

It is always worth thinking about gifting to charity in your Will. This could be to take advantage of the reduced rate of 36%, or simply to leave a long stop provision should there be no one to benefit.