Every year, more and more people choose to leave a gift to charity in their Will. These legendary acts provide the foundation for causes like ours and are vital in continuing our work. That’s why we’re taking part in Remember A Charity in your Will Week.
This week in our clinic reception you'll find boxes of Remember a Charity shopping trolley tokens. Do feel free to help yourself to one, and if you'd like to take one to give to a friend, family member or colleague, please do.
As a friend or supporter of the BSO, please do help us spread the word about the impact of legacy giving on an organisation like the BSO. We are very small compared with some large charities who receive significant proportions of their income through legacies - but I think that what's amazing is that legacies make such a difference to us. It's a real honour to get to know more about the generous individuals who want to make charitable gifts through their Wills.
One of those wonderful people was Doris Kelly, who left us a gift in her Will that we received in January this year. Doris had been a patient at the BSO clinic in the 1960s/70s - she had worked for the War Office and the MoD and retired in the early 1970s. I talked to her friend who was the executor of her estate, and he said that she'd always liked osteopaths and that they did a lot for her. She wanted to help with the training of others. Doris was nearly 100 when she died - and had been driving till she was 96 and living without central heating (just a coal fire!) until she was 98. She sounds like an incredible character, and her commitment to the BSO clearly lasted over 40 years since she last benefited from our care.
Two gifts (that we know of) in recent years have come from individuals with no direct connection to the BSO. They were both connected indirectly, as patients of different alumni - their osteopaths had talked to them about the work that we do educating osteopaths and providing free healthcare to those who need it most, and they had made the decision to leave a gift to the School. It is a real tribute to the skills of those osteopaths, that their patients wanted to invest in the education of future osteopaths - to provide for others.
This week we are delighted to announce that we've put up an honour board in our clinic reception to remember all the individuals who have left gifts - large and small - to make a difference to others through the BSO, since our move to Southwark in 1997. It seems a very fitting way to celebrate Remember a Charity in your Will Week.
It’s a common myth that you have to be wealthy to leave a gift in your Will to help us, but nothing could be further from the truth. The gifts we've received have been at every level. After taking care of family and friends, you would be amazed at what one final gift, no matter how big or small, can do. Whatever the amount we’re extremely grateful for any gifts left to us, as they will help us to continue to provide the highest quality education and research for all and the very best care, for each patient, on every occasion.
Taking care of your loved ones and favourite charities is easier than you think. Visit www.rememberacharity.org.uk for more information or speak to your professional advisor about including a charity in your Will.
In the meantime, if you're passing our clinic, please do take a shopping trolley token, and if you want to know any more about leaving a gift in a Will to the BSO, do contact Nina Waters, Corporate Services Director on email@example.com or 020 7089 5336.