We'd like to share Alison's story with you.
We met Alison in 2007 when she stayed with us at Crawford Lodge while accessing cancer treatment in Perth, a long way away from her home in Broome.
Hosting Alison at Crawford Lodge enabled us to take away the stresses of finding accommodation while she recovered from treatment and also the worry of navigating her way around an unfamiliar city.
Grateful for the support, having experienced the need for the services we offer first-hand, Alison decided she'd like to give back and revised her Will in 2008 to include a gift for us.
Alison worked closely with our Donor Relations and Estates team to discuss where her gift could go and where it could make the most difference, in accordance with her wishes.
Sadly, Alison lost her battle in 2009 but her legacy lives on via her gift which has allowed us to increase the number of single rooms at our second lodge, Milroy, so we can continue providing a supportive home-away-from-home for country cancer patients travelling alone. The gift has also helped us afford the ongoing services required to host singles, couples and families.
Gifts in Wills - what are they?
Gifts in Wills are one of our largest single sources of funding. Bequests enable us to continue to fund cancer research and prevention programs, as well as provide the extensive range of support services we offer the community across all areas of cancer. Whether the gift is for general use so we're able to place it where it's most needed at the time, for cancer research, prevention programs or our supportive care services, all gifts, no matter the size, come together to make a real difference, not only to the lives of those we're able to support, but also to the family of the bequester who can rest assured the legacy their loved one has been honoured.
There are a range of options for including a gift in your Will and we encourage you to think about your family and friends first and then consider including a gift in your Will to your chosen charity.
It's also important that you seek advice from a solicitor when drafting your Will. The wording is very important and your solicitor can advise you on the different types of gifts.
For more information about including a gift in your Will, the suggested clauses and information to take to your solicitor, visit our gifts in wills page. There you'll also find the details of our Donor Relations and Estates team who can chat to you about your options.