Willing to remember us…?

Did you know it’s Remember a Charity in your Will Week – In the first of two blogs Development Manager Eve Smith reflects on lifetime charitable giving…

Eve and Patron Guests at the launch of War Horse

Eve and Patron Guests at the launch of War Horse

When was the last time you gave money to charity? Was it to sponsor a friend, £1 in a collection tin, at a fundraising event or through a membership or subscription? With so many charities doing amazing work in the UK and abroad it’s relatively easy to support the causes that mean the most to us. Even in straitened times, people still seem to see the importance of giving with 74% of UK citizens regularly supporting charities during their lifetime. Not a bad statistic I’d say and if you’re one of those people then give yourself a pat on the back!

It gets interesting when you start to look at how many people continue on the road of giving by leaving a charitable gift as part of their will – the impressive statistic above drops to just 7%. It’s a dramatic reduction and an indicator that legacy giving isn’t high in our thoughts when we come to prepare a will.

Remember a Charity set out 13 years ago with the aim of ‘increasing the sector’s capacity to do good by making gifts in Wills the social norm’. Currently around £2 billion is generated through legacy giving every year – from just 7% of the population. However, there still remains a huge ‘untapped’ potential which could do wonders for all the charities we lovingly give to during our lives.

This week is ‘Remember a Charity in your Will Week’ an annual awareness campaign to encourage individuals to consider whether they might one day include a charity in their Will. Take a look at their online film – perhaps you might ‘Take a Moment’ to think…

The Hippodrome has benefitted from legacies in the past and welcomes all donations made in this way. For more information visit www.birminghamhippodrome.com/individualsupport

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