It’s a common myth that only the rich and famous leave money to charity in their Will. This couldn’t be any further from the truth.
The reality is that without gifts left in Wills by people like you, many of the charities we know and support wouldn’t even exist.
Find out what inspired these amazing people to remember a charity in their Will.
One of Terry Smith’s lasting childhood memories is of knocking door-to-door with his mother in the 1960s, collecting for the new Save the Children charity shop.
“I went home and thought, my life is great, but not all children are as lucky as me,” he says.
“Supporting the charity has become a part of my identity. I’m proud to be leaving money to Save the Children, because it means I will continue to be a part of the great work they do for many years to come.”
Terry Smith, Save the Children supporter
“Ellie was only three weeks old when she was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis. My husband and I were thirsty for information and found having a child with this condition really isolating.”
“We felt very lucky to make contact with the Cystic Fibrosis Trust early on. It provided us with sensible, non-alarmist information. The money people leave the charity is spent on providing information and support to families like ours, investing in pioneering research and campaign on the issues that matter to people with cystic fibrosis.”
“That’s why we are leaving a gift to the Trust, to say thank you for all it has done, and continues to do, for us and to help it continue its vital research into the condition.”
Jessica Nickless, Cystic Fibrosis Trust supporter
“We’ve always had large gardens and it’s given us immense pleasure over the years to be able to give a home to all sorts of rescued animals,” says Joyce, 72. “But it’s incredibly hard work – and expensive too. That’s why we so admire the work that the RSPCA does with all animals. We appreciate just how much dedication it takes.”
“We’ve left a gift in our Wills, so that some of the money we leave behind can help them continue with their good work.”
“There’ll never not be a need for the RSPCA – leaving this gift gives us enormous comfort to know that animals will continue to benefit from our support even when we’re no longer here.”
Joyce and Eric Salter, RSPCA supporters
‘Leaving a gift in my Will to the National Trust for Scotland follows naturally from my love of Scottish gardens.
I hope that my legacy can play a small part in ensuring that the gardens of the Trust can continue to flourish and develop.’
David Robertson, National Trust for Scotland supporter