Are you remembering a Charity in your Will?

Sep 8, 2014
Are you remembering a Charity in your Will?

This week starting the 8th September is a very special week. Formed in 2000 and now with 140 member charities involved, ‘Remember a Charity week’ is a time when people come together to encourage others to leave a gift to charity in their Will.

As part of the week, cross-charity organisation ‘Remember A Charity’ will also reveal new research into the attitudes the nation's over fifties have towards making a Will, which should be very interesting indeed.

This year’s campaign is themed, ‘Living legends unite to launch remember a charity week 2014’ and features some truly wonderful people doing some quite remarkable things.

Take Tom Lackey for example; strapping yourself to the top of a plane is a frightening thought for many, but not for ninety-four-year-old Tom Lackey. After the sudden loss of his wife 13 years ago, Tom started wing walking and has never looked back – raising more than £1.2 million for charity along the way. 

Tom said: "My wife is my inspiration for wing walking, she was in the Women's Auxiliary Air Force and I always have a photo of her in my pocket when I'm in the air. I never dreamt I'd reach this age and have raised so much money for charity – but I don't intend on stopping anytime soon.

"When you're going to kick the bucket, I think it's important to help make sure the things you care about live on – family, friends and good causes. I may be a Living Legend to some, but I think there's one in all of us – it's as easy as including a charity you care about in your Will."

See Tom in action here

The ‘Remember a Charity’ Press Release goes on to say “Many people run, swim or cycle to raise money for charity and even fewer combine all three, but one grandmother who does is seventy-one-year-old Eddie Brocklesby, Britain's oldest competing Ironwoman triathlete.”  

Speaking of this amazing feat, Eddie said: "I only started running when I was fifty-years-old and took part in my first Ironwoman triathlon when I was sixty-two. I wanted to be a part of ‘Remember A Charity Week’ because I truly believe you're never too old to do something new, whether it's updating your Will to leave a gift for a charity or taking on a sporty challenge – I think both acts of kindness are just as legendary."

Then there is eighty-year-old high diver, David Rice, who started diving as a teenager and has continued his whole life, despite people telling him to slow down as he's grown older. David is supporting ‘Remember A Charity Week’ as he found out first-hand how charities can be critical in life threatening situations. 

David said: "I suffered a heart attack at my local swimming pool a few years ago and my heart stopped for three minutes. The Air Ambulance charity saved my life that day. As a way of showing my enormous gratitude I did a high-dive challenge to raise money for them on my eightieth birthday – nothing will keep me away from the pool!”

"I think people should give money to charity in whichever way they can, no matter how big or small. I just tell people that every little helps charities continue their vital work."

Most of us will support charities at some point during our lives, whether that is giving to Children in Need, shaking the bucket outside Tesco or giving a small amount each month from our salaries, but very few of us think about leaving a small amount to a charity in our Will. 

So go on, make a Will today or amend your existing one to help others when you have gone.

Ashley Shepherd is an Over 50s Personal Finance Expert

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