Friday, 14 September 2018

Remember A Charity Week- Sarah Godwin

To celebrate #rememberacharityweek, Sarah Godwin – Missing People beneficiary, trustee, choir member, family ambassador, and mother to missing Quentin Godwin, has written a blog to tell us why she is leaving a gift in her will. 

I have been involved with Missing People over the last 10 years, first as a Family Representative – someone who was willing and able to talk publicly about the experience of ‘missing’ – then as a member of the Missing People Choir and lastly as a Trustee. This variety of inter-action has given me a unique view of the organisation; I know many of the staff as friends and I am constantly amazed by the level of dedication and passion that goes into their daily work.

Missing People has been the greatest source of support over the years as the search for my son goes on. I’m supported by people who understand the implications and by friends made who share the emotional legacy of long-term missing loved ones. Both the direct and indirect forms of support I get from the charity mean so much; after many years of feeling isolated and alone, carrying too much in my life that was painful and hard to talk about, I suddenly found people who understood and CARED about my situation. I found people who spoke the same language.

I made my will a few years ago and was certain that Missing People should and would be one of my beneficiaries. It’s important for me to know that even when I’m not around to be of any help, my gift will enable some of the future work of Missing People. Indeed, this is also a way for me to feel that my son Quentin’s legacy will live on. Of course, I always think of the incredible legacy left by Mary and Janet – the sisters who started the charity. Without them and their tireless work, the world would be a much harder place for the missing and their families.
I think of legacy giving as a way for ordinary people like us to be superheroes, like Mary and Janet, by giving a gift that could help Missing People continue to grow the impact of their work. Over the next 25 years the charity plans to reach out to many more people, adults and children, the missing and those left behind, and to work in partnership with the police and other organisations across the U.K who are involved on a daily basis. With someone in the UK going missing every 90 seconds, gifts both large and small will contribute to what can be planned and achieved.

The charity continually strives to make a difference; with someone in the UK reported missing every 90 seconds, need is there. We, present beneficiaries or supporters and friends of Missing People, we can make a difference too by remembering to include a gift to the charity in our wills. If you are reading this blog, I hope it means you are at the very least interested in the amazing work done by Missing People, at the very best I hope you will consider leaving a legacy gift in your will.

Thank you so much.

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