Free Will writing this October in Lincolnshire
Wednesday 1 October 2014
Author: Alison Levett
Did you know that just 15 per cent of UK adults have included a charity bequest in their Will?
As part of a campaign to raise awareness of charity gifts in Wills, the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) is offering supporters the opportunity to write their Will for free this October at participating solicitors in England and Wales.
Solicitors in Lincoln, Skegness, Gainsborough, Scunthorpe, Boston, and Sleaford are among those taking part in the scheme.
Last year, lifeboat crews and lifeguards in the north of England came to the aid of 1,027 people, saving 43 lives.
Where 6 out of 10 RNLI lifeboat launches are only made possible through donations left in Wills, October Free Wills Month is an opportunity to make a bequest that will cost nothing in your lifetime, but make a real difference in years to come.
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.
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, or indeed re-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!’
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.’
An RNLI inshore lifeboat crew in action. (Credit RNLI/Dave Cocks.)
RNLI legacy statistics are from a survey of 2,040 adults by Ipsos MORI in September 2013.