Dames head list to support Remember A Charity Week
Some of the UK’s leading public figures – including Dame Judy Dench, Dame Vera Lynn and Sir Michael Parkinson – are supporting Remember A Charity Week to encourage more people to leave a small gift to charities in their will.
In a letter to the Sunday Telegraph they joined a dozen other signatories to praise Britain for being a ‘charitable nation’.
But while many people engage in charitable fundraising, they argued that ‘only seven per cent of Britons leave a gift in their wills’.
‘These legacies are worth almost £2 billion a year to charities – the equivalent of almost 20 Comic Relief appeals,’ they wrote.
That’s why they’re supporting Remember A Charity Week ‘to encourage more people to leave a small charitable gift, after taking care of family and friends’.
Remember A Charity Week is an annual awareness week designed to promote legacies and encourage more people to consider leaving a gift to charity when writing a will.
On Tuesday 13 September, the charity launched the first International Legacy Giving Day to help spread the word internationally.