View Full Version : Remember the mariners during 'Make a Will Month'

Davie Tait
20th November 2012, 16:52
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The Shipwrecked Fishermen and Mariners’ Royal Benevolent Society is encouraging UK citizens to remember their favourite charities and make a Will in November as part of National ‘Make a Will Month’.

Just 40 percent of people currently have a Will and according to the 2012 Legacy Market Snapshot only 7 percent of UK citizens leave a gift to charity in their Will.

The Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society has been providing financial support to retired and incapacitated seafarers since 1839.

The Charity’s Chief Executive, Commodore Malcolm Williams, said: “Legacy giving is very important to us and in some years accounts for up to 20 percent of our annual income, so we are greatly indebted to the generosity of those who make a gift to us in their Wills. However, sadly for a maritime nation, seafaring and benevolence now has a lower profile than many other causes and it concerns us that many might not think to remember us, and the work that we do, in their Wills. Seafarers often retire on meagre incomes, so the funding we receive through legacies helps us to support seafarers and their families within local communities.”

Although the Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society is one of the UK’s smaller charities, its annual grant expenditure in the past year of £1.47 million allowed it to provide financial assistance in 2,542 cases of need ensuring that many former mariners have an improved quality of life and peace of mind. These cases ranged from replacing broken household items, settling utility bill arrears to providing mobility aids such as stairlifts and rent deposits for homeless fishermen.

The society believes that promoting this valuable source of income and increasing awareness of how easy it is to leave a legacy will benefit all charities and those who need their help.

For further information contact the Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society on 01243 789329 or visit www.shipwreckedmariners.org.uk