12 May 2014
London, May 12 2014 – Macmillan Cancer Support has today launched an uplifting film entitled ‘Live Your Legacy’ (#LYL) inviting people throughout the UK to ask themselves how they would like to be remembered after they die.
Aimed at raising awareness of the importance of gifts in wills, the short film includes comments and observations from a selection of people who, while very different from each other, all share a common desire – to leave a lasting legacy.
The Macmillan ‘Live Your Legacy’ campaign, which is being launched at the start of Dying Matters Awareness Week (May 12-18), also serves to remind people about the importance of having an up to date professionally written will to help people ensure their loved ones and favourite causes are looked after, in the event of their death.
Macmillan is keen to extend the challenge to a wider audience and is urging people to ask themselves the question “What is your legacy?” Supporters who would like to get involved are invited to record a 10 second clip and upload it to twitter between May 12th – 18th, using the hashtags #LYL and #YODO, the official hashtag for this year’s Dying Matters Awareness Week. Including a reference to @Remembermac will ensure the film is picked up by the team at Macmillan. Alternatively films can be submitted via email to email@example.com.
Danielle Tanner, Macmillan Cancer Support Mass Planning Manager, said: “Death is something we all have in common, yet it is a subject that few of us like to talk about. We wanted to flip this taboo topic on its head and focus on something positive that people are happy to share: their legacy and the way they would like to be remembered.”
There are currently over two million people living with cancer in the UK, a figure which is set to double by 2030. With one in three people developing cancer in their lifetime, the emotional, financial and practical support provided by Macmillan is vital to ensure no one faces cancer alone.
Film producer and actress, Amanda Waring, one of the film’s contributors explained: “I was excited to be approached about being involved with the #LYL film, Macmillan cared for my mother when she was terminally ill and I have seen the benefits first hand of having a Macmillan team in my corner.
“It was actually a really enlightening exercise, it’s not very often that you ask yourself what you want your legacy to be. My passion is the work I am involved with which aims to improve compassion and dignity for elders, I really hope I can make an impact and this will be my legacy.”
Legacy donations make up more than a third of Macmillan’s entire income. There are currently around 32.5 million people in the UK do not have a will. If there is no will the rules of intestacy will dictate how any property and money will be distributed and the real risk is that preferred family and causes get nothing at all. In a bid to facilitate the will writing process Macmillan provides a discounted will writing service.
To find out more about leaving a gift to Macmillan in your will call 0800 107 4448 or visit macmillan.org.uk/legacies
Notes To Editors
About Macmillan Cancer Support
When you have cancer, you don’t just worry about what will happen to your body, you worry about what will happen to your life. Whether it’s concerns about who you can talk to, planning for the extra costs or what to do about work, at Macmillan we understand how a cancer diagnosis can take over everything.
That’s why we’re here. We provide support that helps people take back control of their lives. But right now, we can’t reach everyone who needs us. We need your help to make sure that people affected by cancer get the support they need to face the toughest fight of their life. No one should face cancer alone, and with your support no one will.
To get involved, call 0300 1000 200 today. And please remember, we’re here for you too. If you’d like support, information or just to chat, call us free on 0808 808 00 00 (Monday to Friday, 9am–8pm) or visit macmillan.org.uk
About the Macmillan Cancer Support Discounted Will Writing Service
Writing a will is the best way to make sure the people you care about are looked after once you’re gone. It ensures that everything you want to happen happens. And it puts your mind at rest.
Finding this peace of mind is now even easier with Macmillan’s discounted will writing service.
We give you a choice of legal professionals you can trust, and save you money at the same time. And while there’s no obligation to leave a gift to Macmillan when you use the service, we hope you might consider it.
By leaving a gift to Macmillan, you’ll be helping us be there for even more people affected by cancer – including the people who matter to you, if they ever need us. So that no one has to face cancer alone.
For more details, call us free on 0800 107 4448 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also find more information online at macmillan.org.uk/legacies
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