Global charity alliance calls on public to leave lasting legacy

13 September 2011

A global alliance of charities will today (Tuesday 13 September) come together for the first time to raise awareness of the importance of charitable legacies.

Remember A Charity will be joined by legacy consortiums in Australia, Belgium, Canada, Spain, Ireland and Switzerland to launch the campaign, encouraging supporters to take a moment to think about their favourite charity and what a legacy could do for them.

Charitable donations in wills are the foundation of many of charities, and without this income most charities’ services would suffer; others would simply not exist.

Legendary Hollywood movie stuntman Rocky Taylor (64) will mark the day by attempting to break a world record, first set in the James Bond film Die Another Day. Rocky will jump a spinning car at speed through a huge sheet of glass. It is hoped that people from around the world will watch Rocky’s stunt live on Facebook, broadcast at 1pm BST.

Australia’s leading legacy consortium, Include a Charity, Belgium’s Testament, Spain’s Legado Solidario, Ireland’s Legacy Promotion Ireland, Switzerland’s MyHappyEnd, two Canadian campaigns: Leave-a-Legacy™ and Give Green Canada (Patrimoine vert) will join the UK’s Remember A Charity to mark the day.

Rob Cope, Director of Remember A Charity said: “Many of our most loved good causes would not exist without legacies. This is the first time that hundreds of charities from across the world are coming together to raise awareness of this vital form of giving.”