Blogs

  • March 2020

  • Giving dementia carers hope through COVID-19

    Nina supports her husband Jim, who has dementia. Last year she was feeling isolated, lonely and a bit desperate as she had no help or support. Then she discovered Dementia Adventure. Nina says: “Dementia Adventure really inspired me. It’s hard not to feel sorry for yourself. But it’s given me a fire to keep going. They […]

  • A vital lifeline for vulnerable people during COVID-19

    A guest blog from Rachel Hill, Director of BEfriend, a small charity that provides a befriending service for socially isolated people. Coping with a crisis Earlier this week we spoke to an 80 year-old lady on the phone, whose partner, also her main carer, has just returned from hospital after having a major operation. They […]

  • Nelson finds a new loving home

    Legacies can live on in many forms, whether it’s looking after loved ones, leaving a gift in your Will or ensuring a much-loved pet gets to continue living a happy life after you’re gone. A new start thanks to Cats Protection That’s exactly how one-eyed Nelson found a new, loving family when his owner passed […]

  • 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 […]

  • A family sat on a park bench

    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 […]

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