Former Strictly Come Dancing head judge and professional ballroom dancer, Len Goodman, will be joining the RAF Benevolent Fund in support of this year’s Remember A Charity Week (9th–15th September 2019).
The RAF Benevolent Fund is one of over 200 charities taking part in a series of events around the UK. The Fund is urging their supporters to pass on something wonderful by leaving a gift in their Will, after they've taken care of friends and family. The amazing work of RAF Benevolent Fund has been made possible by gifts in Wills, with £8.5 million donated through Wills in 2018 alone.
In addition to Len's involvement, Remember A Charity Week will also see the launch of a humorous 1970s inspired campaign. The series of comedy films challenge the biggest myths about gifts in Wills, inspiring people to consider including their favourite charity in their Will. UK charities will also be spreading the word on the importance of gifts in Wills across Facebook, Instagram and Twitter throughout #RememberACharityWeek.
Louise Gibson, Head of Individual Giving at the RAF Benevolent Fund said: "We are delighted to be part of this year’s Remember A Charity Week, encouraging our supporters to pass on something wonderful to the next generation. Gifts in Wills are crucial to our charity’s work – both now and long into the future. Gifts left in Wills could help us to give RAF veterans the support that is rightfully theirs for years to come."
Len Goodman added: "Donating to a charity you care passionately about gives you the opportunity to continue contributing to your community and leave a positive legacy. Even a small amount can make a big difference and I'm honoured to support such a worthwhile cause."
RAF Benevolent Fund Ambassador Jacqui Thompson recently sat down with Len Goodman ahead of Remember a Charity Week and said: "He was such a sweetheart. He had seen lots of people that day, but when I walked through the door he made me feel like I was the first one.
"I gave him a pin and told him about why I was there and what the Fund had done for me when Gary died. He was genuinely moved and he was so grateful to have his RAF Benevolent Fund pin. He was lovely, had a great sense of humour and was an absolute gentleman!
"I even got a cuddle... I truly felt like I was sitting down with an old friend and having a laugh."
Rob Cope, Director of Remember A Charity, commented: "Gifts in Wills now generate over £3 billion for good causes annually. Remember A Charity Week has grown year-on-year and I'm immensely proud that the 200-strong consortium is coming together to celebrate the tenth year. This week offers a fantastic opportunity to openly discuss and normalise legacy giving. Additionally, individual charities are hosting local activity which will inspire their supporters to consider a cause they care deeply about in their Will. Without this income, many charities simply would not exist and others would be forced to cut the crucial services so many of us rely on."
If you are considering leaving a gift in your Will or if you’d like some more information, request a copy of our Gifts in Wills Guide.