Two lasting ways to help the stranger in need – guest blog

It’s election day. I’ve voted in more elections than I care to remember but the thrill of putting that cross in the box never gets old. Despite the pervading sense that we are all cynical about politics and politicians, I would argue that once you are in that voting booth, pencil in hand, it’s hard not to feel a sense of excitement and that, in part, that feeling is rooted in the possibility of change. While in the years following an election, we might be disappointed by the rate or direction of that change, the power of voting comes from the idea that we are all making a decision not just for ourselves but for people we don’t know and will never meet in the hope that their lives will be improved by the decision we make today.

Anne ShewringCoincidently, we are also putting the final touches to the Centre’s letter asking our most loyal supporters to consider remembering our work in their will and, as I look over that letter, it strikes me that deciding to leave a legacy gift to a charity involves some of the same motivations as voting. By asking our donors to remember the Centre in their wills, we are really asking people to invest in the idea that helping people they will never meet is something worth doing. Making sure things are better for people in the future, even if that future is some way off, has a value. A legacy gift is a tangible way to demonstrate this.

The Cardinal Hume Centre has been here for almost 30 years. While the way we deliver our work has undoubtedly changed over that time, we are still helping homeless young people. We are still a place of refuge, advice and inspiration for people in trouble, often with nowhere else to turn. And we are not going anywhere. People who come to the Centre are as desperate, as inspiring, as courageous as ever. Our staff team is more experienced, more capable, more determined than ever before. Our supporters continue to be as generous, caring and compassionate as ever. In other words, the Centre will still be helping people for very many years to come.

Writing a will allows us all to provide for the people to whom we are closest, but, like voting in an election, choosing to include a charitable gift in our will is a way for all of us to express our faith in the future and to provide help, hope and opportunities for the next generation.

Anne Shewring

Director of Fundraising

Find helpful information about leaving a gift in your will here.

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