Dog Aid Scotland is joining Remember A Charity, a consortium of nearly 200 charities, in encouraging the public to take a moment to consider leaving an unforgettable legacy with a gift in their Will, after looking after family and friends.
This matters now more than ever, as new research conducted for Remember A Charity Week (11-17 September) reveals that three in five (61%) UK adults, including under half (46%) of people aged 40+, have not yet written a Will.
Many have a strong sense of how they wish to be remembered, with half of the public wanting to be remembered for their role in their family (52%) or their morals, values, and compassion (49%). And over a third of people (34%) want to leave the world a better place.
60% of people recognise that passing on a sentimental gift to future generations can provide comfort to your loved ones, reminding people of treasured moments and memories for years to come.
Attitudes towards leaving a gift to charity in your Will are positive. Indeed, 62% of UK adults recognise that you don’t need to be wealthy to leave a gift to charity in your Will and acknowledge that even a small gift left to charity can make a difference and help to fund vital work. In fact, nearly half (46%) of people would feel proud if a loved one left a donation to charity alongside gifts to family and friends.
This Remember A Charity Week, Dog Aid Scotland joins Remember A Charity in encouraging people to think about what they want to be remembered for, and to share their stories using the hashtag #RememberACharityWeek. Find them on Facebook at facebook.com/dogaidscotland or Instagram at @dogaidscotland.
Lucinda Frostick, Director of Remember A Charity, says:
“What we leave behind in our Will tells our own unique story. From symbolic gifts for loved ones through to charitable donations for the good causes we care about, leaving a gift in your Will can be a brilliant way to ensure that treasured memories and values live on long beyond our lifetimes.
“This Remember A Charity Week, we’re delighted to be celebrating the unforgettable legacies of our loved ones, and to spark conversation about what it is that we all want to be remembered for.
“It’s been wonderful to hear from people across the UK who have been left special and, at times, quirky gifts by their family or friends. Each of these carries a story; enabling memories to live on.
“This Remember A Charity Week, let’s start the conversation about how we hope to be remembered and whether we too can leave the world a better place.”
For more information about Remember A Charity, visit www.rememberacharity.org.uk