Parky backs will donations

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BARNSLEY-born chatshow king Sir Michael Parkinson is among the celebrities to have joined forces to call for more people to leave gifts to charity when writing a will.

Remember a Charity Week runs until September 18 and is now in its third year.

The week sees over 150 charities from around the country coming together to highlight the importance of gifts left to charities in wills.

Other big names backing the call include Dame Judi Dench, Dame Vera Lynn, Honor Blackman, Tony Robinson, Richard Wilson, Janet Street-Porter, Imelda Staunton, Janet Ellis, David Dimbleby, Jonathan Dimbleby, Edwina Currie, Fern Britton, Alastair Stewart and Greg Wise.

All have put their signature to a letter to editors to encourage more people to think about leaving a small legacy to their favourite charities, after they’ve looked after family and friends.

Rob Cope, director of Remember A Charity, said: “The week is very much the focal point in our calendar.

“Many people aren’t actually aware it’s possible to leave money to charities in their will, which is why the support of such high-profile people is vital.

“After looking after family and friends, making a donation to your favourite charity helps their work live on and can make a real difference to the invaluable work they do.”

Legacies to UK charities bring in £2 billion per year, though only seven per cent of Brits leave a gift to charity in their will.