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Byline: Despite the fact that charity giving is so important to today’s society, it seems that pledging to leave a gift to charity in a Will is still far from the social norm.
Page Content: Research commissioned by the RNLI has shown that just 15 per cent of UK adults included a charity bequest when they made their Will.

Interestingly, the results also show that 65 per cent of those who are thinking about making a Will or have made a Will but didn’t leave a gift to charity are aware that they can make a charitable bequest if they choose to.

This indicates that there is a significant gap between the awareness and consideration of leaving a bequest to charity and the resulting number of gifts that are pledged.

The RNLI is trying to bridge this gap by providing the opportunity for supporters to have their Will made for free this October. The Free Wills Month programme, intended for supporters aged 55 and over, offers the chance to write a Will for free for one month at participating solicitors at a variety of locations across England and Wales.

Guy Rose, Legacy Administration Manager for the RNLI says: ‘We’re excited to be able to offer members of the public the chance to write their Will for free this October, and although they are not obliged to leave a gift to the RNLI, we really do hope they will consider doing so.

‘We’ve had some wonderful gifts in the past, from sailing boats and beautiful paintings to a 100-year-old bottle of brandy and even a gold tooth!’

After taking care of loved ones, any gift is precious to the RNLI. Just £330 pays for a new lifejacket to keep an inshore lifeboat crew member safe at sea, £600 is enough to equip a beach lifeguard, while £1,404 will provide the annual training required for a lifeboat crew member.

While industry figures indicate that charity income received through gifts in Wills has risen in recent years, the RNLI is keen to promote the importance securing this kind of donation now for the long term. Six out of ten lifeboat launches are only possible because of people remembering the RNLI in their Wills.

Leesa Harwood, Director of Fundraising says: ‘The RNLI benefits from legacy gifts for a large proportion of its funding. But the future of the RNLI over the coming years depends on the generosity of those who remember the charity when they write their Will today.’

‘Pledging a legacy donation helps to secure the future of the lifesaving service that our volunteer crews and lifeguards will continue to provide in years to come.’

For more information about Free Wills Month contact Nicky Comber nicky_comber@rnli.org.uk or visit RNLI.org/freewills from 1 October.

Byline: Despite the fact that charity giving is so important to today’s society, it seems that pledging to leave a gift to charity in a Will is still far from the social norm.
Page Content: Research commissioned by the RNLI has shown that just 15 per cent of UK adults included a charity bequest when they made their Will.

Interestingly, the results also show that 65 per cent of those who are thinking about making a Will or have made a Will but didn’t leave a gift to charity are aware that they can make a charitable bequest if they choose to.

This indicates that there is a significant gap between the awareness and consideration of leaving a bequest to charity and the resulting number of gifts that are pledged.

The RNLI is trying to bridge this gap by providing the opportunity for supporters to have their Will made for free this October. The Free Wills Month programme, intended for supporters aged 55 and over, offers the chance to write a Will for free for one month at participating solicitors at a variety of locations across England and Wales.

Guy Rose, Legacy Administration Manager for the RNLI says: ‘We’re excited to be able to offer members of the public the chance to write their Will for free this October, and although they are not obliged to leave a gift to the RNLI, we really do hope they will consider doing so.

‘We’ve had some wonderful gifts in the past, from sailing boats and beautiful paintings to a 100-year-old bottle of brandy and even a gold tooth!’

After taking care of loved ones, any gift is precious to the RNLI. Just £330 pays for a new lifejacket to keep an inshore lifeboat crew member safe at sea, £600 is enough to equip a beach lifeguard, while £1,404 will provide the annual training required for a lifeboat crew member.

While industry figures indicate that charity income received through gifts in Wills has risen in recent years, the RNLI is keen to promote the importance securing this kind of donation now for the long term. Six out of ten lifeboat launches are only possible because of people remembering the RNLI in their Wills.

Leesa Harwood, Director of Fundraising says: ‘The RNLI benefits from legacy gifts for a large proportion of its funding. But the future of the RNLI over the coming years depends on the generosity of those who remember the charity when they write their Will today.’

‘Pledging a legacy donation helps to secure the future of the lifesaving service that our volunteer crews and lifeguards will continue to provide in years to come.’

For more information about Free Wills Month contact Nicky Comber nicky_comber@rnli.org.uk or visit RNLI.org/freewills from 1 October.