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PEOPLE are being encouraged to make a will and leave a legacy to help a good cause.

The Shipwrecked Fishermen and Mariners’ Royal Benevolent Society, based in Chichester, is encouraging people to remember their favourite charities and make a will.

Research shows that only 40 per cent of people currently have a will and only seven per cent leave a gift to charity in their will.

The Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society has been providing financial support to retired and incapacitated seafarers since 1839.

Commodore Malcolm Williams, the charity’s chief executive, said: ‘Legacy giving is very important to us and in some years accounts for up to 20 per cent of our annual income, so we are greatly indebted to the generosity of those who make a gift to us in their wills.’

Although the society is a relatively small charity, its annual grant expenditure in the past year of £1.47m allowed it to provide financial assistance in 2,542 cases to help former mariners.