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FUNDRAISING


REMEMBERING THE PAST… AND INVESTING IN THE FUTURE OF SYHA


Why gifts in wills are vital to the future of the SYHA network


Lochranza Youth Hostel was refurbished in 2010


pledges to do it. It’s not difficult to do, yet can be a very easy to put off doing. Doing it, however, can be one of the most special things you ever do. In this case, the “it” we are talking about is leaving a gift to a charity in your will.


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Charities in the UK receive around £1.9 billion each year from gifts left in people’s wills. Gifts in wills come in all shapes and sizes, from the largest ever charity legacy of £59 million left by Christina Foyle, to the lady who left money to her pot plant because “it was the only thing that ever listened to her”. Regardless of the shape, size or specifics, every gift in every will makes a difference. SYHA Hostelling Scotland has been


fortunate enough to have benefited from a number of legacy gifts over the past 80 years. Each and every gift we have received has had a great impact on the charity and our generous benefactors have left a lasting impact by helping us to maintain and improve the accommodation in our Youth Hostels.


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housands of people do it each year. Earlier this year, Messrs Cameron, Clegg and Milliband made public


With such a diverse range of buildings to maintain, there is always much work to be done to keep our Youth Hostels in good condition for our 500,000 visitors each year. We are continually in need of funds to enable us to improve and upgrade our buildings, and legacy gifts have played a large part in the upgrading of the network in recent years. A recently received legacy gift has enabled


us to make plans for future renovations of Glenbrittle Youth Hostel. Tis work would not have been possible had one lady not been kind enough to remember SYHA in her will. Te result will be an upgrade of the


accommodation and facilities at this much- loved Youth Hostel, which will be enjoyed by many people in the years to come. A legacy gift also helped SYHA to fund the £500,000 refurbishment of Lochranza Youth Hostel in 2009 and 2010. Sarah Corrie,


“EVERY GIFT IN EVERY WILL MAKES A


DIFFERENCE”


Marketing Manager for the Southern Region, said: “Te benefits we have seen from the renovation project have been beyond all of our expectations. Our aim at SYHA is always to provide the best experience for our customers at an affordable cost. Donations like the legacy gift for Lochranza help us to do this and we are so grateful.” Not all of the legacy gifts we receive are


large gifts like these ones and it is possible to leave anything up from £1 or 1 % of your estate upwards. Tis means that it is possible to consider making a gift to charity in your will, once you know that you have made provision to look after your family and loved ones.


Some people choose to leave a gift to


SYHA in celebration of one or more special memories of times in an SYHA Hostel. Others decide to leave a gift in their will as they cannot imagine a world where their children, grandchildren and great grandchildren cannot enjoy staying in SYHA Youth Hostels as they have done. Whatever the reason for leaving a gift, you can be sure that it will make a lasting difference and support the future of Hostelling in Scotland.


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