Catholic charities mark 10 years of partnership

Representatives from 25 Catholic charities gathered together today to recognise a decade of collaboration to promote legacy giving.

The meeting, at Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales in London, marked 10 years since the official launch event of Your Catholic Legacy (YCL), which was formed to encourage Catholics to leave a gift in their Will to Catholic causes. Each year, Your Catholic Legacy runs legacy campaigns – which have inspired amazing generosity.

“Over the past decade we’ve seen many, many people choose to remember their favourite Catholic causes in their Will,” said YCL project manager Christine Reidy. “We took time during our meeting to give thanks for those people and their overwhelming generosity.”

Members of Your Catholic Legacy gather to celebrate 10 years of working together

In the beautiful surroundings of Eccleston Square, where the meeting venue was offered free to Your Catholic Legacy for the day, members spent time networking, sharing expertise and training. Charities including Aid to the Church in Need, CAFOD, HCPT, Missio and Jesuits in Britain were all represented.

Jonathan Heard, YCL Chairman who works for member charity Stella Maris, said, “It’s not often you find this many organisations collaborating together, so we’re proud of our unity, our long-standing alliance and our ability to learn from one another.”

He added, “Gifts in Wills are vital for the future of charities like ours. They have the potential to transform organisations, enabling life-changing work among more people, for generations to come. We are so grateful for everyone who has remembered a Catholic cause in their Will.”

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