A piece of paper can make a phenomenal difference. Though it has many uses it can ultimately play a really important role in passing on a legacy. After taking care of loved ones, consider including a charity when writing a Will and see how a piece of paper can do truly amazing things.

In 2012 Remember A Charity Week, from 17-23 September, saw more than 140 charities taking part in events across the UK to urge people to think about including a good cause in their Will, once they have looked after family and friends. Almost 3,000 charity shops promoted the week, marked by local community events such as raffles, tea mornings and cake bakes.

Weatherman Micheal Fish launched Remember A Charity Week whilst marking the 25th anniversary of the 1987 storms by encouraging more people to plan for the unexpected and make sure they have a Will. Micheal was joined by a host of other celebrities including Dame Judi Dench and Jeremy Irons who also lent their support.

The week also saw the launch of the first scheme to nationally recognise the contribution of people who leave gifts to charity in their Wills. A series of yellow plaques were unveiled across the UK at charitable projects and initiatives which have been made possible thanks to donations left by supporters in their Wills.

Throughout the week, those who have written a Will with Co-operative Legal Services were also able to update it with the addition of a charitable gift for free.


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