Making a Will is something many of us put off yet it is one of the most important things you can do to ensure your family are cared for and your wishes carried out.
If you leave a gift in your Will it also gives you a chance to have your say on the sort of world you want to pass on.
Remember a Charity Week, which runs from September 11 – 17, is seeking to raise awareness of the importance of legacies left to charities as a form of fundraising.
Around three-quarters of people donate to charities but only 7 per cent leave a legacy in their Wills. A legacy doesn't mean you have to make a choice between your family or favourite charity as it can be large or small.
It’s thanks to kind gifts in Wills from our supporters that we have been able to make improvements to our services, which have had a lasting impact.
We were able to invest in starting up the ME Day Activity Service, which has gone from strength to strength and now offers 60 places for adults with a learning disability.
We were also able to make improvements to our Victorian building so it continues to be fit for our services. We installed a new kitchen, which is used for cookery lessons for members of our ME Day Activity Service.
A legacy also allowed us to part-fund our minibus ensuring that the children and adults who use our services can get out and about in safety and comfort.
Gifts left in Wills are very important to charities like Reading Mencap.
In the next 4 years, the number of people with learning disabilities in Reading will rise by more than 100 - and they will increasingly outlive their family carers.
We are the only organisation in Reading supporting people with learning disabilities and their families throughout life. Without Reading Mencap and our Family Advisers, members of our community would be struggling without support.
By remembering Reading Mencap in your Will, you will help us to continue providing our services in the future. It also means you don’t have to run a marathon or go sky diving to raise money for charity – although, of course, we’d be very grateful if you did!