Let's think of our legacy as how we would like ourselves to be remembered.
This may be for the values we held in our lifetime, the things we enjoyed doing and were good at, or what we felt was important and held dear. It is certainly something to take pride in.
This week is ‘Remember a Charity’ week (7th-13th September), a nationwide time of reflection about the incredible contributions gifts in Wills make to charities across the UK and beyond.
Leaving a legacy
Gifts in Wills are a legacy of hope.
This special way of giving has helped many charities survive this pandemic. Last year, gifts thoughtfully left to Crohn’s & Colitis UK by members and supporters could fund 342 full days’ worth of research.
So, why leave a gift in your will to Crohn’s & Colitis UK?
We have asked some of our supporters who have made this decision and here is what they said:
Because of what successful treatment can look like.
My sons, Dan and Steve, were both taken ill within weeks of each other back in 2016. They were both diagnosed with Crohn’s, a few months apart in 2017. They both had wobbly starts on treatments that did not work for them. However, thanks to all the choices available, they are both responding well to other treatments now. I wish this were the case for everyone. The more money we can raise for research, the better chance we have to make life comfortable for everyone living with Crohns or Colitis - and, ultimately, find a cure. That is why I will be leaving something to the charity in my Will.
I was diagnosed with Colitis when I was 7 years old.
Over the last 22 years I have seen and experienced some incredible advances in medicine, and I want that to continue, hence the reason I have included the charity in my will. I've also had some negative experiences over the last 22 years and with the national blueprint and IBD standards in place, I know that the patient experience is going to improve and again, that's a reason for including Crohns & Colitis UK in my will. This condition can take away so much of a person’s life and I just want to do what I can to make it less scary for someone.
I’ve had Crohn’s for over 35 years, and seen many changes, both good and bad, during those years. It seemed logical to leave a gift in my Will to Crohn’s & Colitis UK, as I am a sufferer.
But more importantly, just over 13 years ago my younger brother, at the tender age of 42, who had just had his first child with his wife, passed away suddenly from complications from Crohn’s. My nephew is now 13, and I would hate for anything to happen to him, and so wanted to leave something to go towards research.
I struggled a lot emotionally when I was diagnosed, I kind of felt a sense of grief in a way for my old healthy self. I decided to leave money to Crohn’s & Colitis UK in my will as I want to be able to help raise money and awareness of this fabulous charity even when I’m not around to do so myself. The research that they do is so important, they help so many people, and I want to help be part of that for years to come.