Monday 16 April 2012
Charities collaborate for Leave a Gift to Cornwall campaign
ShelterBox has joined forces with a group of charities that are getting together to raise awareness of how people can show their love for Cornwall by remembering a Cornwall-based charity in their will.
Eighteen charities have come together under the banner Leave a Gift to Cornwall to get people talking and thinking about legacies – the legal term for leaving a gift in a will.
Although 74 per cent of people in the UK will donate to charity during their lifetime, only 7 per cent leave a gift to a charity in their will.
For Cornish charities, legacy giving can represent as much as a third of their fundraising income, or as little as nothing at all.
With support from Partner to Succeed, the ERDF Convergence-funded project for business collaborations in Cornwall, the charities have launched a website – www.leaveagifttocornwall.co.uk, supported by Coodes Solicitors.
The organisations involved range from animal charities such as Wild Futures, which runs the Monkey Sanctuary in Looe, to humanitarian, health and welfare causes such as Cornwall Hospice Care, CHICKs and the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution.
There are also a number of Cornish cultural charities which are often forgotten about when people consider gifts in wills, such as the Hall for Cornwall, Royal Cornwall Museum, Miracle Theatre and the National Maritime Museum.
Dee Reeves, legacy officer at Cornwall Hospice Care, said: ‘The main aim of Leave a Gift to Cornwall is simply to get people thinking about which charities have touched them during their lives.
‘Currently, only about 14% of charity income in the UK comes from legacies and yet in these tough economic times, we rely more and more on legacy income to continue our work.
‘Some people think they need to leave large sums to make it worthwhile but that’s not the case. We are always grateful for any gift, large or small. Even £50 or £100 can make a huge difference.'
Tim Bunting, ShelterBox UK General Manager, said: 'We are delighted to be a part of this fantastic awareness-raising initiative. Leaving a gift in a will to ShelterBox, no matter how large or small, is a very impactful and meaningful way of supporting our long term work around the world.'
For more information on Leave a Gift to Cornwall click here.