It's thanks to people like you, our Helen Arkell ‘family’, that we are getting through this difficult period, despite our activity have been cut by Covid-19 and our Centre being closed. We have been blown away by the response to our emergency Covid Appeal, and we can’t thank you enough for all your donations, large and small.
Now I am calling on you for another favour, which would involve thinking about the future, and maybe sorting out some paperwork while you are still spending more time at home than normal.
I’d like to talk to you about gifts in Wills.
There are many charities out there that secure significant income from the generous gifts that supporters leave in their Wills. I know, because I have worked in those charities. Gifts in Wills can secure the long-term future of charities, and can make sure that causes that are close to people’s hearts can continue long after they’re gone.
At Helen Arkell, I won’t deny that we are not good at talking about gifts in Wills. As a result, we are missing a trick and also putting the charity’s future at risk. With our 50th anniversary next year, (Helen set us up in 1971), let’s make sure the charity is around for at least another 50 years, to change thousands and thousands of more people’s lives. People’s grandchildren and great-grandchildren will still need help.
I would be immensely grateful if you would read this, and take action if you feel moved to do so. I have already written the charity into my Will. (Mrs F from Northumberland wrote us into her Will too, and we received a gift of £5,000 to help us fulfil our mission).
As you will see, it’s not a question of choosing between family and charity – it’s just seeing if you could spare a little gift after you’ve made provision for your nearest and dearest.
And leaving gifts to charities in Wills can bring tax benefits too.
Andy Cook, CEO
P.S. As someone who makes a pledge to Helen Arkell in your Will, you will be invited to all our events, so you feel in touch with our innermost plans and activities. Please do let us know if you decide to act on the attached information, so we can be sure to include you. If you prefer to remain anonymous, that’s fine too.