Blogs

  • February 2020

  • Darren’s gift in memory of his grandmother

    “My grandmother, christened Ellen (but called Nellie) was a very headstrong, independent woman. Sadly, she was widowed at an early age, and became a single mother to two boys. Nonetheless, she had a lot of friends, loved to travel and enjoyed the odd drop of sherry. “I got on well with my grandmother and was […]

  • Leave a legacy of love

    This is Suki the moon bear. Suki is an absolutely wonderful character. She loves to be the top bear, climbing to the top of any platform to get the best vantage point. She likes playing with hanging toys and generally prefers her own company, but she does like to watch her friends Jigsaw and Bridger […]

  • A mother walking in a forest with her children | Remember A Charity

    £1 million free of Inheritance Tax – too good to be true?

     A guest blog by Iain Wanstall, Consultant at Wanstall Consulting, Wills & Estate Planning. When the Residence Nil Rate Band (RNRB) came into force, many headlines proclaimed that couples could have up to £1,000,000 free of Inheritance Tax (IHT) from 2020. This was clearly excellent news, but is it quite as good as it sounds? […]

  • A photo of Buzz in front of a helicopter | Remember A Charity

    Buzz’s helicopter rescue

    When he’s well, Buzz lives up to his name – his mum Melissa describes him as “a very busy little boy”. But, unfortunately, he has a very rare genetic disorder called Leopard Syndrome which has left him in intensive care six times since he was born. Buzz suffers from regular episodes of croup (a condition […]

  • A photograph of Andrew

    Andrew’s gift for future generations

    Andrew was born in 1943. Even though he experienced seizures throughout his childhood, he wasn’t properly diagnosed with epilepsy until the age of 17. This meant that he was regularly punished at school for his poor attention span, when in fact he was having seizures, compounded by his dyslexia. Andrew spent a lot of time […]

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    Four things you might not know about gifts in Wills

    Andrea Mapstone, Chartered Legal Executive Lawyer at Purely Probate, reveals four things her clients often don’t know about charitable gifts in Wills. 1. If you leave 10% or more of your estate to charity in your Will you are entitled to a reduced rate of inheritance tax (IHT) If you leave a gift in your […]

  • January 2020

  • A photograph of Seth

    Seth’s story

    Seth absolutely loves music. You can tell because he has a big smile on his face as he sits on the floor and moves his head to the rhythm of his favourite song and plays along using an app on his iPad. Seth is completely blind so music is especially important to him. Seth has […]

  • A family sitting by the sea

    How To Reduce Inheritance Tax

    Inheritance tax was originally introduced to help level the playing field by affecting only the very wealthy. In recent years though, the rise in house prices means that more and more families now face the galling prospect of handing over almost half of their wealth to the taxman, at the expense of their loved ones. […]

  • Pat and Frank – the devoted couple who pledged their retirement to giving back

    “My husband Frank was a Unicef supporter since the moment he retired,” says Pat. Before that, Frank had been a busy headmaster and Pat had a career in publishing. Pat describes her husband as “quite the showman.” After they stopped working, Pat says that selling home-baked goods and preserves in the local market became “part […]

  • A photo of Flavio speaking on behalf of Evolve Housing + Support

    Flavio’s story – from homelessness to role model

    Flavio, 22, was a dazzling young footballer who had risen up the youth ranks of Crystal Palace and then West Ham. But in his late teens, he was stabbed and almost died. After being released from the hospital he became homeless and at the age of 20, he sofa surfed for seven months, sleeping on […]

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