• February 2017

  • Shaping the future of cystic fibrosis

    In 2011, my husband and I were shocked by the news that our three week old baby Ellie had been diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis. Although Ellie had an early arrival into the world, as two unknown carriers of a cystic fibrosis gene we had no idea about the future that lay ahead for our little girl. […]

  • Making waves after you die

    Working within the Legacy department of a local hospice means I have been witness to a very specific type of experience. It usually happens when you mention the words “make a Will”. Whether you are speaking to fellow events fundraisers, nurses, or supporters, you have crossed a line. You have made them think about “that […]

  • January 2017

  • Will 2017 be the year of legacies?

    Here are my top 5 predictions for 2017 – could it be the year of legacies? More growth The legacy market will continue to grow. Our latest figures show about 16% of the UK claim to have left a gift in their Will. But even more say that they’re considering or preparing to do it. […]

  • December 2016

  • Shouting from the rooftops with your help

    Last Friday was Local Charities Day, a day on which Rob Wilson MP, Minister for Civil Society, declared: “I want us all to shout from the rooftops about small, local charities: their energy, commitment, expertise and the benefits they bring to their communities”. And local charities are definitely something worth shouting about! They enrich the […]

  • You don’t have to go to extremes for charity

    Gifts in Wills are the foundation of so many good causes in the UK. I’ve heard first-hand how every gift, however small, really does make a big difference. I was speaking with Marie-Claire Dillon, the fundraising manager at a local charity called Reading Mencap the other day. She reminded me about the things that we […]

  • Regret the things you didn’t do…

    When Marjory Kenny went on a skiing holiday with her partner, the last thing she thought she’d be doing was cutting her holiday short to organise a funeral. We never know when tragedy will strike and taking some steps to prepare for whenever the time comes, can not only provide peace of mind but can […]

  • Everything’s changed. Nothing’s changed.

    Every day, another 17 people are diagnosed with HIV in the UK. Paul, who was diagnosed in November 2015, describes his fears – ‘How do I tell people? What will people’s reaction be? What will they think of me? Will they still be my friend? There is a stigma and a sense of shame that […]

  • November 2016

  • My gift to my worthy cause

    “I’m off to yoga now Lucy” my grandmother would say every Tuesday night. A respectable lady of 61 years, she hardly drank, except for a tipple of sherry at Christmas, had never been a smoker and ate relatively healthy. However, she had started to feel unwell and was complaining of tummy pains. From someone who […]

  • The Ancient Egyptians got it wrong…

    The 2016 National Fundraising Awards are almost upon us, where charities of all sizes have the opportunity to celebrate their successes and champion fundraising. We caught up with Michael Clark from our member charity, the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, on his shortlist. Congratulations Michael! Which category have you been shortlisted for? The Cystic Fibrosis Trust is […]

  • October 2016

  • What will you pass on?

    From ‘live life to the full’ to ‘never go to bed on an argument’, we all have our own pearls of legendary wisdom to pass on to others. If you could pass on one piece of advice to future generations, what would it be? We posed this very question to the public to kick-start conversations […]

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