Nearly half of our fundraised income comes from generous supporters who have chosen to leave a gift in their Will to Livability. Gifts in Wills are vital to ensuring that we can continue to tackle social isolation and the barriers that can cause this in the lives of disabled and vulnerable people.
Every year, more and more people choose to leave a gift to charity in their Will. However, many of our supporters aren’t aware that these precious gifts are vital in allowing our work to continue.
So, to raise some much needed awareness of the importance of gifts in Wills, Livability will be taking part in Remember A Charity Week from 11 – 17 September 2017. Remember a Charity is the largest consortium of its kind in the UK, with over 150 member charities – working to promote legacy giving amongst the UK public.
During the awareness week, Remember A Charity will be launching a radio station, so that you can #HaveYourSay about the world you want to pass on.
The radio station will also be going on a national roadshow, visiting the following 5 cities at iconic venues from the 60s.
There will be mini events hosted in each city, with a live DJ and festival atmosphere, so go along and join in the roadshow fun if you can.
You can find out more about Remember A Charity Week at: www.rememberacharity.org.uk.
Sally, a Livability supporter, was interviewed as part of Remember A Charity Week. Her recorded interview will be shared on air with Last Pirate FM listeners – including her message for the next generation about the world she’d like to pass on.
Sally talks about her involvement with Livability over the years and why she’s chosen to leave a gift in her Will to help our work continue:
Sally’s connection with Livability goes back to childhood, when she attended Victoria Education Centre (VEC) in Dorset as a child in the 1960s.
‘In those days, schools for disabled children were residential so I went off aged five and pretty much didn’t see my parents during term-time’. Sally continued her secondary education at another Livability school before starting a career with Barclays Bank.
Not one to be daunted by barriers that might present themselves to wheelchair users – ‘if I’m told I can’t do something, I pretty much want to do it’. Sally has lived a rich and varied professional life, including travelling and sailing in her spare time. In the late 1990s, she returned to Victoria Education Centre, this time as a governor.
‘I absolutely loved it, and went on to be Chair of Governors,’ Sally says. ‘I loved seeing the advances the students made.’
This led to Sally serving as a trustee for Livability (then The Shaftesbury Society) for several years, and the charity’s ethos and governance continued to impress her: ‘The agenda of the charity has always been to do the best for the people we serve, and the staff.’
Sally has seen the impact of Livability Holton Lee’s work more recently, at horticultural therapy project Flourish, where James*, a family friend and Flourish participant, has gained confidence, skills and new friends. When Livability’s patron HRH The Princess Royal visited Livability Holton Lee in early 2017 to open the new Spinal Injury Centre, James was chosen to present a posy to the princess, something he was thrilled to do, thanks to his new-found confidence.
James’ experience reflects the belief, foundational to Livability’s work, that everyone should and can take part, contribute and be valued. Sally feels this is evidenced in action ‘very, very clearly – no doubt’ at Livability’s services.
‘It’s too easy to dismiss someone because of their ability. We need to think more roundly about including people. To be truly inclusive can take a bit more effort but what resources and potential are we overlooking in people if we don’t do this?’
Livability’s work resonates loud and clear with Sally’s personal values and aspirations for disabled and vulnerable people. ‘I’ve always liked the ethos of Livability, of supporting people who are marginal, who are on the outside and find it hard to thrive in the environment they find themselves. If you can reach out a hand and support people, it can make such a difference – it may be that they just need that extra help at a particular point for their lives to flourish. With a bit of support, so many people can do great things.’
Livability’s strong Christian ethos is central in gaining Sally’s support. ‘Christian care in action is who I am. As belts get even tighter and mainstream funding and support is dropping away, the church community is more than ever going to be a lifeline for people who are on the edge of what is considered “normal”.’
For Sally, her experience of Livability in action over the years all added up to her decision to leave a legacy to Livability.
‘Making a will took me an awfully long time! I gave it a lot of thought and prayer.
I have left something for my godchildren but I also wanted to leave money to work I admire, so in some small way, I can help it continue. People may think that the little they can leave won’t be much help, but if lots of people leave a legacy it all adds up and is valuable to the organisation to enable their work to continue and grow.
There are so many good causes in the world and they’re all valid. But I know the impact Livability can have because I have seen it.’
Listen out for Sally’s interview during the week, by tuning into Last Pirate FM on DAB digital radio or listen online at www.mixcloud.com/lastpirate
It’s a common myth that you have to be wealthy to leave a gift in your Will to charity, but nothing could be further from the truth. After taking care of family and friends, even a small amount can make a big difference.
Nearly half of Livability’s fundraised income comes from gifts in Wills. These precious gifts have a huge impact on our work – both now, and long into the future.
Gifts in Wills go towards helping people connect with their communities and be included. This includes our Flourish programme at Livability Holton Lee, where people learn new skills in horticulture and conservation, build their confidence and make friends.
These kind gifts also help equip churches to tackle barriers in community life that stop people from being able to take part, for example, by helping to fund training for churches to improve accessibility for disabled people.
With a gift in your Will, you can help us tackle isolation and connect future generations of disabled and vulnerable people with their community.
If you would like to find out more about leaving a gift in your Will to Livability, please contact Katrina Emerson at email@example.com or call 020 7452 2099. Alternatively, please visit www.livability.org.uk/giftsinwills
*James’ real name has not been used.