‘Where there’s a Will, there’s a way’ is the message from Cornwall Air Ambulance in their ‘Let’s Talk About Legacies’ event.
Coconuts and false teeth are just some examples of the strangest items left behind in a will that will be up for discussion at a special event being held by Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust (CAAT).
Where There’s a Will, There’s a Way takes place on Wednesday, October 26 at the Penventon Park Hotel, Redruth and is aimed at members of the public and other Cornish charities.
CAAT is asking people to think about remembering a local charity when writing a will and open up the public debate about legacies.
Jacqui Peskett, legacy officer for CAAT, said: “Leaving a legacy can make a huge impact on a charity or community group, no matter how much you may wish to leave.
“For CAAT, legacies make up a third of our fundraising income, and as little as £100 can make a difference.
“We appreciate that people want to prioritise their loved ones first, but we want to encourage people to think about the positive work that could be done by remembering a charity in your will.”
A host of local charities will attend the event, offering one-minute talks about why they should be remembered in a will. Among the guest speakers is specialist legacy consultant Richard Radcliffe, who will share his experience of more unusual will bequests, but also speak about how to go about leaving a legacy.
Legal and finance experts from Cornwall will also speak – Matt Higham from Worldwide Financial Planning will discuss gifting and inheritance tax planning while Richard Pollock, head of private client department at Coodes Solicitors, is to present about wills and estate planning.
Chief executive of CAAT Paula Martin said: “We want to create an interesting, quirky event which really opens up the debate about what happens to our estate after we die “By remembering CAAT in your will, or any other Cornish charity, you will be saving or improving lives for other people long after your lifetime.”
Where There’s A Will, There’s A Way is free to attend and includes refreshments, buffet and free prize draw. Anyone planning to attend is asked to book by contacting Jacqui Peskett on 01726 890444.
Worldwide Financial Planning’s Matt Higham says about the event: “We are really excited about getting involved in this unique event. Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust do such a fantastic job in our county that if we can help people to give money to them instead of the tax man then we are delighted to help.”
You can find more information about the event on CAAT’s website.