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Remembering Don Rootes and his life saving gift

Imagine knowing that, even in death, you have the opportunity to help others. On Remember a Charity Week (10 – 16 September), we want to say thank you to Donald Jack Rootes. He left a gift in his Will that will go onto fund research into 200 types of cancer and will, one day, save lives.

Remember a charity

Remember a Charity Week aims to encourage people throughout the UK to think about leaving something to a worthy cause in their Will. Many people are not aware of this form of giving but, by doing this, it ensures that people can continue to help others after their own passing. However large or small the contribution, it has a big impact on these good causes. At Worldwide Cancer Research, we rely on gifts in wills to fund cancer-fighting science.

True generosity

Donald, or Don as he was known to his friends, passed away on 4 July at the age of 97. He lived a rich, full life and he and his late wife Mary were known for their generosity and kind spirits.

Having served with the RAF, Don spent time in Malaysia, India and Singapore and rose through the ranks to become Flight Lieutenant. Upon returning to his home in Harrow, he met Mary at his local sailing club. He was a man that truly loved the outdoors and as well as his love of sailing, he was a keen golfer, cyclist and loved nothing more than a caravanning holiday.

Community spirit

Donald and Mary loved their community and were always looking at ways to improve things. Whether it was collecting for the RNLI, attending fundraising concerts, being there with a pick and shovel to help repair lanes in his local area or serving as a co-opted member of his parish council planning committee, Don was there. But one of the greatest things that Don did to help was in his significant gift to Worldwide Cancer Research.

Life saving research

Every year, we are able to fund around eleven cancer research projects solely because of people like Don who leave donations in their Will, but many projects still go unfunded. In fact, for every twenty applications we receive, we are only able to fund one research project. These unfunded projects could hold life-saving answers to cancer so we urge you to please follow in Don’s footsteps and consider leaving us a gift in your Will.

Lasting legacy

It takes huge will power to run a marathon, but we think the power of your Will is even greater than that. It can find the cures to cancer and save lives. We can help you to have your Will written or updated for free using our service. Find out more

Or, you can download your free guide on leaving a legacy to Worldwide Cancer Research.

Today, we would like to take a moment to celebrate Don. Thank you for helping scientists to find treatments and cures to this devastating disease.

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