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Pool woman Barbara aims to help visually impaired in honour of mother
A daughter whose mother was left feeling isolated when she lost her sight has spoken about why she has decided to leave a gift in her will to the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) during this year’s Remember A Charity In Your Will Week (September 9-15).
Barbara Deakin, 70, of Pool-in-Wharfedale, lost her mother Suzie eight years ago. In the latter years of her life she had lost her sight due to glaucoma and macular degeneration, which meant she could no longer do the things she once enjoyed like reading and playing bridge.
Barbara said: “My mother was so upset by not being able to see but once she started to receive RNIB Talking Books, she got her old spark back.
“She loved to read books and RNIB did so much for my mother when she needed them the most. She decided to leave a gift in her will and that’s why I’m doing the same as I really saw the benefit they made to her quality of life.”
Following her mother’s death Barbara got involved in the charity’s fundraising activities, emptying their Sooty boxes and in six years she collected more than £33,000.
“My husband also died two years ago and instead of flowers, we collected the money and dedicated a Talking Book in his memory,” added Barbara.
“So many people across the UK support their favourite charities in so many different ways every year. Few, however, decide to leave a gift to them in their Wills. I think it’s a very fitting way to say thank you to a charity that may have supported you or a family member.”
RNIB is one of 140 charities taking part in a series of events around the UK urging people making a Will this week to take a moment to consider including a gift to charity.
Angela Rippon, writer, journalist and newsreader, is supporting this year’s appeal. She said: “I’ve supported a number of charities during my lifetime, and it’s something I want to continue to do as part of my legacy. Around 40,000 people will make or amend a will this week alone, raising £40 million for good causes. If just six per cent more people included a gift to charity in their will, we could raise an additional £40 million this week, providing essential funding to help charities to continue their good work.”
If you would like to find out more, call 0845 600 0313, e-mail email@example.com or visit rnib.uk/legacy.