Catholics invited to consider gifts in Wills

With Catholic Legacy Week running from 20-26 May, people are being invited to remember Catholic causes in their Will.

Your Catholic Legacy – a consortium of more than 20 charities – has launched a campaign prompting people to ‘give back in gratitude’. This year marks 10 years of Your Catholic Legacy, and in that time legacy gifts left to Catholic causes have changed lives and transformed ministries.

Christine Reidy, Your Catholic Legacy project manager, said, “We know thousands of people leave gifts in their Wills to charity, and currently one in five people say they have included a charity as a beneficiary.

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“But faith organisations are sometimes overlooked, so we want to encourage Catholics to remember Catholic causes in their Wills. Remembering a cause that matters to you is a way to see your values live on. You can make a real difference for future generations.”

Last year, charities across the UK benefitted from a total of £4 billion in legacy gifts. But more than 70% of that went to just 10 charities (organisations like CRUK and the RNLI). Smaller, less-known charities, including Catholic organisations, equally need support.

In future, legacy giving is expected to rise (driven by wealthier, more charitably-minded donors). By 2050, gifts in Wills are anticipated to be worth £10 billion to the charity sector.

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