Ever wondered what a legacy can achieve? Well in 2016-17, Livability received over \u00a31.7 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 \u2013 both now and long into the future.\r\nLivability supporter, Julia Brooker, told us about what inspired her to leave a gift in her Will to Livability.\r\n\r\nJulia 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.\r\n\r\n\u201cI\u2019m a retired Occupational Therapist and I\u2019ve 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.\r\n\r\nI 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.\u201d\r\n\r\nHaving 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\u2019s Holton Lee \u2013 a wellbeing discovery centre in Dorset \u2013 where they saw personally the difference that a gift to our work can make.\r\n\u201cVisiting Livability Holton Lee was amazing. It was totally focused on need, and on developing the skills of people attending. They made sure that people could enjoy friendships, self-confidence, increasing their wellbeing\u2026 it just catered for everybody. It made a huge impression on us. The whole ethos of Livability is about enabling people to be included in society \u2013 and that aligns itself with our ethos. We are \u2018people\u2019 people, we want everyone to be included.\u201d\r\nMaking sure people are included has always been a part of Julia\u2019s life, and she still makes an effort to catch up with the parents and families she worked alongside throughout her career. Speaking about her connection to the Livability ethos, Julia said, \u2018Livability is a good match for us. People need to be included. It\u2019s not frightening. Let\u2019s include them and give them a seat beside us. Showing by example is tremendously important. You include them you visit people, you take them out for a meal. Include them in your family. It doesn\u2019t cost the earth.\u2019\r\n\r\nJulia hopes that her gift will enable the inclusive nature of Livability\u2019s work to continue well into the future and that the emphasis on wellbeing will continue to help people through her gift.\r\n\r\n\u2018To have respite is so important. It\u2019s important for the person concerned to get the support they need, but also so necessary for carers. Respite means that freshness is bought to a relationship which is stressed. I would like that ethos to continue through our gift.\u2019\r\nAnd her message to others considering leaving a gift? \u201cJust do it. Get involved!\u201d\r\nFind out more about how you can support Livability through\u00a0gifts in Wills.\r\n\r\nBlog originally published by Livability.