Remember a Charity in Your Will Week

Posted by / Monday 12 September 2016 / Fundraising
Remember a charity in your will

This week, Monday 12th – Sunday 18th September is Remember a Charity Week where we focus on the importance of Will writing and leaving gifts to charities in Wills.

Leaving a gift in your Will is a great way to help the work of the charity live on and at Action for Children, if we didn’t receive the gifts in Wills every year, we wouldn’t be able to continue helping as many children as we do today.

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The theme this year is passing on wisdom to the next generation. Someone who has an abundance of this is Jeanne Socrates.

At the age of 70, Jeanne became the oldest woman to sail around the world non-stop. She has sailed 25,000 miles around the world, spending 259 days at sea. This amazing journey began in Canada where she travelled towards Argentina, crossed the South Atlantic, passing South Africa and Australia, before her final stretch across the north pacific back to where she started.

She also took part in Tikka's Travels, an epic voyage around the UK, raising money for Action for Children and we caught up with her and asked why she got involved:

"I am a supporter of Action for Children and joined in on the Tikka’s Travels sailing adventure because helping disadvantaged children who are in need of care, love and support is something of which I have had first-hand experience"

Jeanne Socrates, Round the World Yachtswoman
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Jeanne has some wise words to live by - for sailors and non-sailors alike - "If you really want to do something, just go for it - you'll be surprised how easy it becomes once you've begun it."

Although 75% of people donate to charities currently only 7% of them leave a gift in their Will to charity. With this in mind, Jeanne’s final words of wisdom are "Life is precious - make the most of it!" By leaving a gift in your Will, you have the opportunity to help children make the most of their life.”

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