It’s a common myth that only the rich and famous leave money to charity in their Will. This couldn’t be any further from the truth.
The reality is that without gifts left in Wills by people like you, many of the charities we know and support wouldn’t even exist.
Find out what inspired these amazing people to remember a charity in their Will.
Rennie Fry, 70, spent a month’s wages back in 1970 on life membership as a gift for her husband, Peter.
Over the years they visited various National Trust properties with their children.
After Peter died, she went with her daughter to “sit and savour the peace and his presence in Trelissick Garden, sad but comforted by my memories.”
“I am so grateful to the National Trust – it’s given us a lifetime of delight and countless treasured memories. I hope our contribution will give many future generations the same enjoyment.”
Rennie Fry, National Trust supporter (©National Trust Images/John Millar)
One of Terry Smith’s lasting childhood memories is of knocking door-to-door with his mother in the 1960s, collecting for the new Save the Children charity shop.
“I went home and thought, my life is great, but not all children are as lucky as me,” he says.
“Supporting the charity has become a part of my identity. I’m proud to be leaving money to Save the Children, because it means I will continue to be a part of the great work they do for many years to come.”
Terry Smith, Save the Children supporter
“Ellie was only three weeks old when she was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis. My husband and I were thirsty for information and found having a child with this condition really isolating.”
“We felt very lucky to make contact with the Cystic Fibrosis Trust early on. It provided us with sensible, non-alarmist information. The money people leave the charity is spent on providing information and support to families like ours, investing in pioneering research and campaign on the issues that matter to people with cystic fibrosis.”
“That’s why we are leaving a gift to the Trust, to say thank you for all it has done, and continues to do, for us and to help it continue its vital research into the condition.”
Jessica Nickless, Cystic Fibrosis Trust supporter
“When I was revising my Will two years after I started working at SeeAbility, I had no doubt I wanted to leave a gift in my Will. It was a thanksgiving, a delight to support an organisation with fantastic staff and excellent services. People who were committed, compassionate and capable.”
“I knew my gift would have an impact on the quality of life for people with sometimes disarming levels of disability. It would enhance services and campaigns and raise awareness too. Leaving a gift made me feel warm and connected.”
Eric Stark, SeeAbility supporter
“We’ve always had large gardens and it’s given us immense pleasure over the years to be able to give a home to all sorts of rescued animals,” says Joyce, 72. “But it’s incredibly hard work – and expensive too. That’s why we so admire the work that the RSPCA does with all animals. We appreciate just how much dedication it takes.”
“We’ve left a gift in our Wills, so that some of the money we leave behind can help them continue with their good work.”
“There’ll never not be a need for the RSPCA – leaving this gift gives us enormous comfort to know that animals will continue to benefit from our support even when we’re no longer here.”
Joyce and Eric Salter, RSPCA supporters
“I was lucky to have a stable, loving upbringing. My siblings and I received a good education and were supported to have successful careers. But through the charity work my mother did supporting disadvantaged children in East Anglia where I grew up, I saw from a young age that not every young person was as fortunate.”
“I’ve supported The Prince’s Trust for many years so it seemed like a natural thing to leave a legacy. I feel proud to be a part of the incredible impact that they are having on helping young people with the most challenging of personal circumstances. I want to ensure they develop the life-skills, self-esteem and confidence needed to turn around their lives.”
Richard Huntingford, The Prince’s Trust supporter