A group of charities has got together to raise awareness of how people can show their love for Cornwall by remembering a Cornwall-based charity in their will.
Eighteen charities have come together under the banner Leave a Gift to Cornwall to get people talking and thinking about legacies – the legal term for leaving a gift in a will.
Although 74% of people in the UK will donate to charity during their lifetime, only 7% leave a gift to a charity in their will.
For Cornish charities, legacy giving can represent as much as a third of their fundraising income, or as little as nothing at all.
With support from Partner to Succeed, the Convergence-funded project for business collaborations in Cornwall, the charities have this week launched a website – www.leaveagifttocornwall.co.uk, supported by Coodes Solicitors.
The organisations involved range from animal charities such as Wild Futures, which runs the Monkey Sanctuary in Looe, to humanitarian, health and welfare causes such as Shelterbox, Cornwall Hospice Care and the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution.
There are also a number of cultural charities which are often forgotten about when people consider gifts in wills, such as the Hall for Cornwall, Royal Cornwall Museum, Miracle Theatre and the National Maritime Museum.
Dee Reeves, legacy officer at Cornwall Hospice Care, said: “The main aim of Leave a Gift to Cornwall is simply to get people thinking about which charities have touched them during their lives.
“Currently, only about 14% of charity income in the UK comes from legacies and yet in these tough economic times, we rely more and more on legacy income to continue our work.”