Annette’s amazing #Willpower
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Annette was from Eastbourne in England, and she first began supporting our research work in 2005. She told us that she supported us above all other cancer charities because of the unique nature of what we do- funding the best research into any type of cancer, no matter where in the world it occurs.
When someone passes away who has chosen to leave a gift in their Will to our charity, normally I work closely with the solicitors, families, and the executors of Wills and estates. When Annette passed away, there was no family to work with in this case, just the executors of her estate. Her sister had sadly passed away before her.
Annette chose to leave a really amazing gift to us – she requested that her money go towards finding the next treatments and advancements in cancer. She generously left Worldwide Cancer Research more than enough money to invest in two projects, which can last up to three years each. She also left gifts for 3 other local charities. You could say that her legacy could reach as far as Brisbane in Australia for a potential research project but also remain local in Eastbourne, where she lived.
High-quality research requires a high level of investment. An early stage cancer research project funded over three years requires sometimes up to £200,000 to sustain a research project and the costs associated to look into a better understanding of the cruel disease.
As the Senior Legacy Manager for Worldwide Cancer Research, my job is to encourage our supporters to leave a gift in their Will to our work in cancer research. When I describe my role to people, it often gets a mixed response. Our own death, or the death of a loved one, is not a comfortable topic to dwell on, never mind thinking about the practicalities of Wills, taxes or funerals.
Many of us choose to pass on the majority of our assets to our family and friends, but according to the most recent research published by Remember a Charity in 2015, 17% of us will choose to leave a gift to a charity in our Will, a number which has increased from previous years. More and more of us are choosing to make an investment in charitable work to improve the situation for future generations.
I encounter an amazing amount of positivity in my job every day, despite the sensitive nature of the topic. The story of our supporter Annette is a great example of this.
Everyone I meet who decides to pledge a gift to our charity in their will does so because they know they are making an excellent investment for future generations.
It’s not an overstatement to say that a gift left to Worldwide Cancer Research has the potential to impact the lives of thousands, if not millions of people. That investment, made in your name and in your memory, has the potential to lead to a new discovery or treatment. And I think that’s pretty amazing.
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