Yellow plaques

Some of Britain’s best loved charities were among the first to be to be awarded a yellow plaque in 2012, recognising the contribution made by charitable legacies.

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Cancer Research UK: A yellow plaque was unveiled by Professor David Neal (Senior Group Leader of Cancer Research UK Cambridge Research Institute and Professor of Surgical Oncology and Hon Consultant Urological Surgeon at University of Cambridge) and Caroline Kent, Director of Legacies at Cancer Research UK at the new equipment park at the Cambridge Research Institute. The park is named after Muriel Brough, who left a significant legacy to Cancer Research UK.

The Wildlife Trusts: Supporters gathered at the Warburg Nature Reserve, part of the Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust, to see a yellow plaque unveiled by Roger Dobbs, a former trustee. The plaque acknowledged the tireless work of lifelong wildlife enthusiast Vera Paul OBE, whose legacy now helps the Wildlife Trust to maintain the precious Warburg Nature Reserve habitats.

Abbeyfield House: Residents at Abbeyfield House watched the unveiling of a yellow plaque by Deputy Manager Justine Collins, and Legacy Co-Ordinator Brian Deex. Thanks to two legacy gifts left to the charity, the garden had been given a makeover and now features a special rose and sensory herb garden.

ShelterBox: David Crook, a volunteer with ShelterBox, unveiled a yellow plaque at the charity’s warehouse in Helston. Thanks in part to gifts left in Wills, ShelterBox has provided 120,000 boxes of disaster relief aid over the past 12 years, to help vulnerable families after disasters such as the earthquakes in Japan and Haiti. The majority of these are packed at its warehouse in Helston, Cornwall, before being transported to disaster-affected areas.

ChildLine: Amy Jones unveiled a yellow plaque at ChildLine’s Cardiff base and area manager Christine Mellor unveiled a plaque at the Salford base. Last year, ChildLine counsellors at the Manchester base carried out almost 35,000 counselling interactions with children from across the UK, either by phone or via its online service. A yellow plaque was also unveiled by volunteer Kirstin McLean & Elaine Chalmers, Head of ChildLine Scotland, at the charity’s base in Glasgow. Last year alone, over 39,000 calls were made to ChildLine from landlines in Scotland. Gifts kindly left to the NSPCC in Wills help make the charity’s ChildLine service possible.

Alzheimer’s Society: Thanks to gifts left in Wills, the Limes which is run by the Alzheimer’s Society, has been supporting younger people with dementia and their families for 16 years. Mike Hancock, who attends The Limes, had the honour of unveiling the plaque.

Guide Dogs: Matthew Bottomley, Head of Breeding Programme at the National Breeding Centre, unveiled a yellow plaque at the Guide Dogs National Breeding Centre in Leamington Spa. A yellow plaque was also presented to Sue Richardson, Guide Dog Training School Manager at the charity’s training school in Atherton. The Atherton school opened in 2009 and trains life-changing guide dogs that go on to empower blind and partially sighted people across the country to get out and about on their own terms. Two out of three guide dogs are paid for by gifts in Wills.

Self Unlimited: David Lodge CBE, a long term supporter of Self Unlimited, unveiled a yellow plaque at the charity’s Olive Tree Bistro in Ironbridge, Telford. The bistro employs 19 people with learning disabilities and was given its name in memory of Olive Cannock, whose legacy donation helped to make the social enterprise a reality.

National Coal Mining Museum for England: Dr Margaret Faull OBE, Museum Director and Company Secretary, at the Museum accepted a yellow plaque for the Making Sense of Mining project, which was part funded by a £25,000 legacy donation.

Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centres: Valerie Busher, Community Fundraising Development Manager, unveiled a yellow plaque at the Maggie’s centre at the Ninewells Hospital, in Dundee. Thanks to gifts left in Wills, the charity is able to offer vital support for those living with cancer, as well as their carers, family and friends across Dundee and Tayside.

Co-operative Legal Services: Marking 2014’s Remember A Charity in your Will Week (8-14th September), the Co-operative Legal Services (CLS) was recognised as the first corporate organisation to raise £15 million in potential gifts to charities, via Wills created for its customers.

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