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Monday 12th September

Wise Words Leave A Lasting Legacy

Over a quarter (28%) of Brits value the wisdom that loved ones have passed on more than money, keepsakes or property, research released today by Remember A Charity Week reveals. The research will help launch this year's annual awareness week (12th - 18th September) that encourages people to consider leaving a charitable gift in their Will, which is supported by Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust.

The nationwide campaign asks people to share the wisdom that they would pass on to their younger self and raise awareness of the importance of charitable donations made through gifts left in Wills. According to the 1,000 people polled  'Make the most of every day', 'Age is only a number' and 'Happiness takes us places that money never will' were the most popular phrases that the nation would most like to pass on to a loved one.

Ahead of the campaign over 500 quotes have been crowd sourced from charity supporters and celebrities alike. Notable supporters who contributed their words of wisdom include Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust supporter and Notts born screenwriter William Ivory with ‘Read more and tell fewer lies. They always find you out’. Other quotes include Alan Sugar 'Don't worry if you make mistakes - they are the best way to learn', Bill Bryson'Be kind, be decent and try to leave the world at least slightly better than you found it'and Gary Lineker's 'Don't head the ball in training'.

Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust have contributed their own words of wisdom in advance of the campaign, which include Chief Executive Rob Fitzsimons, ‘It’s good to plan, but don’t panic when things don’t work out, at 18 I was going to University to be an electronics engineer and had my future mapped out. Now, I couldn’t think of a better job to have than being Chief Executive of a Wildlife Trust.’ Ian Johnston, Chair of Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust said, ‘If you believe something needs to change, don’t ever give up. Pursue all avenues, and it will eventually happen.’

Online Quote Generator

The Remember A Charity Week campaign is now encouraging the nation to leave their own words of wisdom through an online quote generator www.mywisdom.co.uk and to share them on social media with the hashtag #mywisdom.  Nottinghamshire Widllife Trust is asking everyone to add their quote and tag the charity using their Twitter @NottsWildlife and Facebook @NottinghamshireWidllifeTrust.

Director of Remember A Charity, Rob Cope said: "This Remember A Charity Week we want to encourage people to consider leaving a gift to a charity in their Will and pass on something as rich and powerful as the wonderful words of wisdom they share. By making this donation they will be helping to leave behind a future they believe in."

Rachel Rutherford of Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust adds "I have seen first-hand numerous people enjoy our nature reserves and events. Our reserves just wouldn’t be there for people and wildlife if we hadn’t had support from those legends who left a gift in their Will to Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust. However large or small, it is such an important way to help fund our work and leave your mark for wildlife for future generations."

Solicitor Discounted Will Writing Offers

In support of the campaign a number of Nottinghamshire based Solicitors have got involved and are offering discounted Will writing services which can be seen on the Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust website http://www.nottinghamshirewildlife.org/support-us/leave-a-legacy/

The top ten phrases Brits would most like to pass on to a loved one have been revealed as: 

1.                  Make the most of every day (46%)

2.                  Age is only a number (43%)

3.                  Happiness takes us places that money never will (36%)

4.                  Tomorrow's another day (35%)

5.                  Never judge a person til you've walked a mile in their shoes (34%)

6.                  Seize the day (33%)

7.                  Don't regret the things you didn't do (31%)

8.                  Rome wasn't built in a day (29%)

9.                  Smile and you will feel better (27%)

10.              Life is not a rehearsal (24%)

This year’s annual Remember A Charity Week will take place from 12th– 18th September. The week is an opportunity to raise awareness that they can pass on something amazing by sharing their own #mywisdom and consider leaving a charitable gift in their Will. To find out more visit: http://www.rememberacharity.org.uk.  

For inspiration, watch the Remember A Charity Week 2016 campaign video by Aardman Animations Ltd here: https://youtu.be/ve4QV2_kgKA

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