World record stunt attempt to mark Remember A Charity Week

12 September 2011

A legendary movie stuntman, some of Britain’s best loved celebrities and over 140 charities have come together for the launch of Remember A Charity Week.

Remember A Charity Week (12th – 18th September 2011) is the UK’s largest cross charity campaign which is being supported by a variety of celebrities including: Dame Judi Dench, Sir Michael Parkinson, Fern Britton and Richard Wilson.

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.

The week will feature wide range of events and activities to encourage more people to leave gifts to charity in their wills.

Legendary British Stuntman Rocky Taylor will attempt to break a Guinness World Record by jumping a spinning BMW at speed through the largest sheet of breakaway glass ever smashed by a car at the O2 Arena, London. The stunt will be broadcast live on Remember A Charity’s Facebook page. The world record attempt 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.

Charities across the country will create the largest ever version of the traditional Memory Game at seven iconic locations in London, Glasgow, York, Cambridge, Birmingham, Bristol and Brighton. But where the traditional memory game involved players memorising objects as they are removed one-by-one from a tray, this real-life version will involve people or objects representing charities. Each version of the game will be photographed with an online version created for the Remember a Charity website.

Celebrity supporters of member charities will put their names to an open letter to newspapers across the country, encouraging more people to leave gifts to charity in their wills.

Remember A Charity week will this year also have a huge high street presence, with hundreds of charity shops, including Age UK, Barnardo’s, British Heart Foundation and Cancer Research UKsupporting the week through window displays.

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 the charities.

“This is our third Remember a Charity Week and it’s going to be the biggest and the best yet, with record numbers of charities involved, strong celebrity support and of course Rocky Taylor. Nobody knows the importance of writing a will more than a stuntman who puts their life on the line every day.

Commenting on the record attempt, Rocky Taylor said: “I have been involved in the James Bond movies for most of my career, so it seemed fitting to try and break a world record from a film I have appeared in.”