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Remember A Charity Week 2012
WEATHERMAN FISHES FOR MORE LEGACIES

Monday 17 September 2012

Representatives of Remember A Charity meet weatherman Michael Fish

Weatherman Michael Fish will mark the 25th anniversary of the 1987 storms by encouraging more people to plan for the unexpected and make sure they have a Will. “What I’ve learned from my years of forecasting is that however prepared you are, the weather can still be unpredictable.” says Michael. “Life’s a bit like that too, that’s why we’re encouraging people to make sure they’ve got their Will sorted.”

Michael, along with other supporters such as Alastair Stewart, Margaret Mountford and Status Quo front man Francis Rossi, is supporting Remember A Charity Week (17-23 September) by joining forces with charities across the UK to urge people to think about leaving a gift in their Will to good causes.

“UK charities rely heavily on gifts in Wills,” Michael added. “So during Remember A Charity Week, we’re calling on people to think about the good causes they value and make room for a charity in their Will, after they have looked after their family and friends.”

As well as raffles, tea mornings and special events in almost 3,000 charity shops nationwide, the week will see the launch of the first scheme in the UK to recognise the contribution of people who leave gifts to charity in their Wills.

Yellow plaques will be unveiled at charitable projects and initiatives across the UK which have been made possible thanks to donations left by supporters in their Wills, as a mark of national recognition and thanks.  

Rob Cope, Director of Remember A Charity, said: “We’ve heard a lot about legacy in the news this year. With that in mind, during Remember A Charity Week, we want people to think about whether they could leave their own legacy by including a gift to charity in their Will.”

Three quarters of Britons regularly give to charity in their lifetimes, yet only 7% currently include a charity in their Will.  Nevertheless gifts in Wills are still the foundation of many of Britain’s charities, creating nearly £2 billion each year, the equivalent of 20 Comic Reliefs. Without this income, many charities would simply not exist and others would have to cut crucial services.

Follow the link for more information on leaving a gift to Elizabeth Finn Care in your Will.


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For media information about Remember A Charity please contact Aarti Bulsara or Roxane Farley at Good Relations on 0207 861 3104 or rememberacharity@goodrelations.co.uk


NOTES TO EDITORS

About Elizabeth Finn Care

· Elizabeth Finn Care is a national charity that helps people in financial need to improve their lives.
· Elizabeth Finn Care gives direct financial support to people from over 120 occupational backgrounds, and through Turn2us helps millions more people in the UK to access the money available to them through welfare benefits, charitable grants and other financial help.
· Since being founded in 1897, Elizabeth Finn Care has given away over £130m in direct financial assistance to people in need. In 2009/2010 over 3,500 British and Irish citizens received grants totalling almost £4m from Elizabeth Finn Care.
· Elizabeth Finn Care is a charity registered in England and Wales: 207812 and Scotland: SC040987.

About Remember A Charity Week

Remember A Charity Week (17-23 September 2012) is an awareness week organised by charity consortia Remember A Charity, which aims to shine a light on the importance of gifts in Wills to charities. Currently only 7% of those that have Wills go on to remember a charity. For more information visit www.rememberacharity.org.uk

Remember A Charity (www.rememberacharity.org.uk) was formed in 2000 and now has over 140 member charities, who work together to encourage more people to consider leaving a gift to charities in their Will, after they’ve looked after their family and friends. Legacies (or gifts in Wills) form the foundation of charities in the UK. Many charities depend on legacies, without them, they would not exist. Remember A Charity is the Institute of Fundraising’s long-term campaign to increase legacy giving to charities.