Why charities benefit from being remembered

IN MEMORY Derek Black and his wife Brenda
IN MEMORY Derek Black and his wife Brenda
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IT’S the last gift you can give – remembering a charity in your will.

Geoff Page, of Anthill Close, Denmead, decided to leave a legacy to The Rowans Hospice after his father-in-law Derek Black, 79, who suffered from bowel cancer, spent his last days there.

Now during Remember a Charity Week, which runs until this Sunday, Mr Page explains why he has decided to leave the money.

The 59-year-old said: ‘Being a patient at the hospice provided my father-in-law with somewhere calm and tranquil to be, which the whole family could also benefit from.

‘It gave us an opportunity to be ourselves and to see first-hand that dad was being cared for with great compassion.

‘I am so very grateful that my father-in-law, and indeed all our family, were given the privilege of experiencing the care offered by The Rowans, and this memory will stay with me forever.

‘However, this privilege and memory may be shared by hundreds of families who could access hospice services.

‘Therefore my wife Hilary and I have included a legacy gift in our will.’

It costs around £4.8m a year to run the hospice, with approximately £800,000 of that coming from statutory funding.

The charity needs to raise the remaining £4m a year itself – and during the past six years, legacies have contributed an average of £1.1m a year.

Jonathan Randall, wills and probate solicitor at Blake Lapthorn, said: ‘Remembering a charity in a will is something that many people intend to do but never get round to.

‘So many good causes rely on legacies and the number of gifts they receive can mean the difference between them thriving or failing to survive.

‘It’s also important to get the right advice to make sure that the gift you leave goes where it was intended.’

Jonathan has the following tips:

· Know its name – there can be more than one charity with a similar name.

· Plan properly – make sure your will makes provision for what happens if a charity changes its name or merges with another.

A lawyer will help with tax.

To find out more about leaving a legacy, go to rememberacharity.org.uk.