The power of a legacy
Ever wondered what a legacy can achieve? Well in 2016-17, Livability received over £1.7 million from supporters who chose to include a gift in their Will to the charity. These precious gifts have a huge impact on the lives of disabled and vulnerable people – both now and long into the future.Livability supporter, Julia Brooker, told us about what inspired her to leave a gift in her Will to Livability. Julia Brooker became a dedicated supporter of Livability after she experienced first-hand the difference that specialised equipment and respite care can make to disabled people and their families. As a passionate advocate for inclusive churches and communities, Mrs Brooker decided to leave a gift to Livability in her Will. “I’m a retired Occupational Therapist and I’ve worked with disabled people and their carers for many years. Several years ago, my husband and I were thinking about making new Wills. We felt so blessed with five healthy children and wanted to give back. I know personally how much special places and equipment can mean to disabled people and their families and carers. Not only in specialist centres, but also in the home. Just the smallest piece of equipment which can enable a child to feed themselves when they are hungry instead of that food being spooned can make a tremendous difference to quality of life.” Having seen the impact of disability on families for many years, Julia cares deeply about including disabled people in their community. Recently she and her husband visited Livability’s Holton Lee – a wellbeing discovery centre in Dorset – where they saw personally the difference that a gift to our work can make.