Remember a Charity in your Will Week

12 Sep 2016

Every year, more and more people like to leave a gift to charity in their will. These legendary acts provide the foundation for causes like PET's and are vital in continuing our work. That’s why we’re taking part in Remember A Charity in your Will Week.

During the week, we’ll be talking about passing on legendary words of wisdom. With the help of our volunteers, employees, and legacy pledgers we’ll be using these words of wisdom to prompt discussion about passing on something else legendary, a gift to charity in their Will. Sir Christopher Ball - patron of Prisoners' Education Trust, is also a legacy pledger, as well as a noted academic and record-breaking marathon runner. 

We asked him which words of wisdom he would pass on. Sir Christopher told us:

"In the first draft of the American Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson wrote about our human rights to 'the preservation of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness'. What is the pursuit of happiness? Where is it to be found? My advice to future generations, and my younger self (if only!) is this. "Pleasure is trivial and transient. True happiness is found in three things: creation (of a marriage or family, for example, or the practice of the arts and crafts, or the establishment of an enterprise or charity), achievement (do something extraordinary with your life!) and the freely-chosen service of other people." These are the secrets of happiness."

Writing a will is one of the most important things you will ever do. After you’ve taken care of your loved ones, you too can do something legendary by including a charity you care about. To find out more about leaving a legacy to Prisoners' Education Trust, visit our legacy pages, or contact Cassie Edmiston, 020 3752 5670.

To share your words of wisdom on Facebook or Twitter, visit the wisdom generator

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