Leave a Legacy to Back Up
27 March 2018
You and I have something in common.
We are both connected to Back Up, a wonderful charity which, for over 30 years, has been inspiring people affected by spinal cord injury to get the most out of life.
I was very active before my injury. I was a competitive swimmer and I had my injury in a car accident on the way to training.
My introduction to Back Up was through a skiing course. That course meant the world to me.
Being able to take part again in physical activity, meeting others like me and gaining confidence and independence, as well as rediscovering my competitive side, was life-changing.
When I was established in my career, I wanted to give something back to Back Up, and started volunteering with them to help support people with a spinal cord injury to get back into work. One thing led to another and I am currently Chair of Trustees.
You will have your own story about Back Up. The charity thrives on the community of people that uses its services, the volunteers who help Back Up reach more people, the fundraisers and the donors that keep Back Up going. Thank you for being part of that community.
This year I have decided to do something different, something that will not take me very much time and will not set me back financially either. However, it will help Back Up be here for future generations.
Every day, 6 people in the UK find out that they have a spinal cord injury, and I want to do my bit to ensure that Back Up will be there for people in the future, just as they were there for me and my family after I received my injury.
I have decided to write a will, something that I should have done a very long time ago, and include a gift to Back Up.
It’s easy to do, Back Up have an arrangement with the Goodwill Partnership who can visit you at your home to take your will instructions at a time convenient to you – daytime, evenings or weekends. They charge a low fixed price (£108 + VAT) with no hidden costs or upsell of any other products. Just contact them on www.thegoodwillpartnership.co.uk/backuptrust to make an appointment.
Back Up relies completely on voluntary income so giving a gift through a will is a wonderful way of supporting their work. I wonder if you would consider giving a gift in your will to Back Up? Before I go further I want to say that, of course, you will want to make provision for your family and friends first. But I also hope that, after your loved ones have been provided for, you will consider this wonderful charity in some way – either by leaving a specific amount or perhaps a small percentage of your estate. As a trustee, I can assure you that a contribution of any size will be used with the greatest care in the future.
If you have already left a gift in your will, thank you so much. You have already helped the next generation of people who will hear that they have a spinal cord injury and who will be able to get support through being part of Back Up’s community in the future.
Your response will be treated in the strictest confidence, and you are free to change your mind at any time, but knowing your intentions would be really helpful and it would be nice to know so we can thank you. Regardless of your intentions, I would like to thank you for everything you do for Back Up.
Thank you so much.
Chair of Trustees at Back Up