Charities across the country take part in UK’s biggest memory game

12 September 2011

Some of the UK’s favourite charities have gathered across the country to create the largest ever Memory Game, and you can join in and play online.

The Great Memory Game has been made to mark Remember A Charity Week (12 – 18 September), which aims to encourage more people to leave gifts to charities in their will.

The game involves representatives from local charities being photographed ‘disappearing’ from different cities across the UK, one by one.

Charitable donations in wills are vital to many of Britain’s charities, raising nearly £2 billion each year – the equivalent of over 20 Comic Reliefs. Without this income most charities’ services would suffer; others would simply not exist. And although 74% of people regularly support a charity in their lifetime only 7% of those who have written a will include a gift to charity. If this increased by just 4%, an additional £1billion a year would be generated annually for good causes.

Rob Cope, Director of Remember A Charity, said: “Many people in the UK don’t realise that they can give money to charities in this way. But the truth is, after looking after family and friends, a small share of whatever is left can make a real difference to charities and the invaluable work they do. We hope this game acts as a very simple reminder to people to remember a charity in their will. Charitable donations in wills are the financial foundation for most charities. Without this income most charities’ services would suffer; others, just like the game, would simply disappear. “

Over the course of the week charities will versions of the game at seven iconic locations around the country.

Now in its third year, Remember A Charity Week sees over 150 charities from around the country coming together to highlight the importance of gifts left to charities in wills.

The week is being supported by a wide range of celebrity supporters including: Dame Judi Dench, Sir Michael Parkinson, Tony Robinson, Honor Blackman, Dame Vera Lynn, David and Richard Dimbleby, Fern Britton and Richard Wilson.

In another highlight of Remember a Charity Week, legendary British Stuntman Rocky Taylor will attempt to break a Guinness World Record by jumping a spinning car at speed through the world’s largest wall of breakaway glass at the O2 Arena, London. The stunt will be broadcast live on Facebook, with fans able to influence the stunt by voting for what Rocky lands on – fluffy pillows, tyres or a pile of cars. The world record attempt on Tuesday 13 September follows on from Rocky’s sensational stunt in August where he successfully recreated a stunt from the film Death Wish 3 in 1985 that nearly put an end to his career.