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Shape the future with a gift in your Will

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Monica Brown

Head of Legacy Giving, Charities Aid Foundation

Giving to charity in Wills is vital to the survival of some of the UK’s most beloved causes.

How would you like to be remembered? What does it mean to leave a lasting legacy? Children and grandchildren? Contribution to your community or time spent volunteering in retirement?

Over the last decade, legacy giving – leaving money to a cause in your Will – has become increasingly vital to charities both large and small. Donations left in Wills fund more than half of Marie Curie hospices, one in every six children in NSPCC care, a third of research done by Cancer Research UK and six out of every 10 RNLI lifeboat launches.

With charities counting the cost of the pandemic on their ability to fundraise, it is estimated that they face a collective £10 billion shortfall this year.

Helping ‘the man on the street’

William Arthur Hamlin was a successful local builder with a determination to “help the man on the street.” In his will he left nearly £1 million to the University of East Anglia to be awarded in a Dragon’s Den-style scheme to encourage young people from non-privileged backgrounds to run with their entrepreneurial ideas. The money funds start-up grants to test out their budding business ideas and small-scale investments to develop their enterprises.

Stitching a community together

Jean Williams’ legacy has made an enormous difference to a small group of women in the rural town of Crickhowell in Wales. Inspired by Jean’s passion for embroidery, her gift funds a sewing circle which brings together people who might otherwise face social isolation. This weekly event stimulates creative energy and provides a tremendous and much-needed boost to mental wellbeing.

Shaping the future

Just 6% of people leave a gift to charity in their Will, yet this generosity represents more than a quarter of voluntary income for charities. Including a charitable donation in your Will is straight-forward and the Charities Aid Foundation offers a flexible way to leave one gift to benefit as many charities and good causes as you like.

Your intentions can be focused or varied. Like Jean and William, your wishes can reflect your interests and passions or causes close to your heart. The choice is yours to make. But it is important to give it some thought because legacy giving can represent the future you leave behind.

Just 6% of people leave a gift to charity in their Will, yet this generosity represents more than a quarter of voluntary income for charities.

The Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) is a charity that helps connect donors with charities and encourages giving in all its forms. For more than 90 years we have helped donors, companies, charities and social organisations make a bigger impact, including in recent years annually overseeing more than £20 million worth of legacy giving that people have entrusted into our care.

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Make Hourglass 24/7 and challenge the unthinkable

Veronica Gray

DCEO & Director of Policy, Hourglass

It’s unthinkable that an estimated 2,700,000 older people are abused in the UK each year. This abuse could be financial, physical, sexual, psychological or through neglect.

Hourglass, the UK’s only charity focused exclusively on elder abuse and safer ageing is leading the way in making this unthinkable issue as unacceptable as child abuse or animal cruelty. It’s all too easy to look the other way and even easier to see this as someone else’s problem.

There is a common misconception that domestic abuse ends at age 60, as one in three people in the UK believe that acts of domestic violence directed at older people don’t constitute abuse. There’s also confusion about what ‘elder abuse’ is.

So this year, Hourglass refocused its efforts on a safer ageing agenda. This ensures older people subjected to abuse, harm, intimidation, scams, or fraud know that Hourglass is there to listen, advise and support. After all, we are all going to get older and we believe everyone should be able to age safely.

Hourglass runs the UK’s only 9am to 5pm elder abuse helpline, instant messenger and text service. It has also launched the first online Knowledge Bank to further expand access to the charity and information on the abuse of older people and safer ageing.

Sadly, this unique helpline and messaging service are only open during office hours and we desperately need to make this a 24/7 operation. We get almost 10,000 calls a year but nearly 20% of these cannot currently be answered as they are outside working hours. You can help Hourglass be there for every out of hours caller, it could literally be a life saver.

You can support the 24/7 campaign by making a donation www.wearehourglass.org.uk/donate

Or by texting SAFER to 70460 to donate £10.

Texts cost £10 plus one standard rate message and you’ll be opting in to hear more about our work via telephone and SMS. If you’d like to give £10 but do not wish to receive marketing communications, text SAFERNOINFO to 70460.

We need you to stand up and be counted. We need to be 24/7.

Hourglass is the working name of Hourglass (Safer Ageing), a charity registered in England and Wales (reg. no: 1140543), and also in Scotland (reg. no: SC046278). Hourglass (Safer Ageing) is registered as a company in England and Wales under number 07290092.

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