Remember a Charity in your Will Week prompts us to reconsider our wills
By z4027672030, Sep 15 2015 10:02AM
With last week having been Remember a Charity in your Will Week, solicitors and those considering taking out their wills alike are reminded of the importance of donating to charities close to our hearts.
A letter addressed to many solicitors from Rob Wilson, the Minister for Civil Society, Damien Hinds, Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury and Paul Wheelhouse, the Scottish Minister for Community Safety and Legal Affairs described legacy giving as “fundamental to the amazing work of many charities”, adding that “many charities rely on these gifts to help them carry out their vital work”.
The Remember a Charity group’s research has shown that currently, while 35 percent of people in the UK expressed intention of leaving money to charity in their wills, only 7 percent did. Despite this, however, £2.2bn was generating for charity as a result of legacies last year, making it the largest single source of voluntary income.
The group’s campaign will also include an online documentary featuring ‘extreme will writers’, a brave group of people in their sixties or older who will take to the skies and sign their wills while falling 10,000ft for a skydive.
Whether you’ve already written a will or are still unsure exactly who to leave your legacy to, this campaign will at least remind many of us of the importance of leaving a will that fits our wishes, whether we intend to donate to charity or not.
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