There are many occasions in life when it feels right to share what you have with others. Whether the occasion is a happy or a sad one, collecting money for Together can be an appropriate way to mark the event.
We’re very grateful for personal gifts and appreciate the generous spirit behind them. We can assure that all of the money you collect will go towards improving the wellbeing of people experiencing mental health difficulties.
Gifts in celebration
More and more people are asking for charity donations instead of gifts at:
- Religious festivals
- Weddings, civil partnerships and engagement parties
This can be a great way to celebrate with friends and family while achieving something really worthwhile for people with mental health issues.
Gifts in memory of a loved one
Inviting friends and family to an event on behalf of a family member or friend who has passed away can be a good way to honour their memory. Try to think about their likes and loves and put on a personal and fitting event.
One of our supporters, Caroline, ran the Two Castles run in Warwickshire in memory of her good friend Richard, a keen runner. She ran with her sister Alison, and friends and family sponsored them and cheered them on.
Richard had struggled with mental illness most of his life. One of the ways he coped with his illness was to run, and the last time I saw him we had planned to do a 10K run together. Sadly we will never have the chance to do that, but it inspired me to go out, buy a new pair of running shoes and run a race for the two of us. And we did it! We raised £1,248 and I know that money will be used to help someone like Richard have a reason to live another better day.” Caroline, Together supporter
You might also like to hold a charity collection at the funeral or memorial service and ask people to contribute as little or as much as they can afford.
Leaving a gift in your will
The majority of our voluntary income comes from the gifts that people leave us in their wills. It’s straightforward to leave a charitable gift in your will and it can have a huge impact on the work we do.
You can make a specified gift or attach an ‘expression of wishes’ letter to your will. This is an opportunity to say, for example, that you’d like donations to charity instead of flowers at your funeral service. It lets your executors know what to do, although it is not usually legally binding.
When her husband Ted died, Sue gave us £150 that was donated in lieu of flowers at the funeral. Ted had supported Together for more than 30 years. This kind gift could help one of the people we work alongside by giving them training in useful life skills such as financial literacy. Supportive training gives them a skill for life and helps rebuild their confidence.”
Making your will
If you don’t already have a will, you might like to consult a solicitor to help you write one, although this is not always essential. Look at the Government’s Directgov website for more information about how to make a will.
Look at HMRC’s website for information about inheritance tax and what it could mean for you. Leaving a gift to charity can bring the value of your estate within the threshold for inheritance tax liability.
Rima supported Together for 20 years, and chose to leave a gift to us in her will, along with a number of other charities. Her legacy was worth more than £8,000, which could pay for 13 people to complete our Leadership Training. The course is designed by people with mental illness themselves, and equips them to lead their own recovery.”
When Sam died, he made a generous gift to us in his will of a quarter of the residue of his estate. This gift turned out to be worth more than £60,000. Sam’s generosity has made possible fantastic projects like the new North Lancashire project, which helps people using mental health services to have a role in developing the services they use.”
Every donation helps
Every donation we receive helps, no matter how big or small. You can even support more than one charity. Just choose what feels right for you and your family.