CCT is taking part in Remember A Charity In Your Will Week

06 Sep 2019

From 9th-15th September we are joining over 200 charities in supporting Remember A Charity in Your Will Week, to raise awareness of the difference people can make by leaving a gift to charity in their will. Remember A Charity, are encouraging people to ‘pass on something wonderful’ after family and friends are looked after.

Every one of our churches faces different opportunities and challenges and we need support in order to secure their futures. Gifts in wills play a tremendous role in our work: from helping us to complete vital conservation projects to enabling us to work with communities, ensuring these buildings are kept in use and able to bring people together. Every gift, no matter how small or large, helps us to forge ahead and secure this great collection of churches for everybody, for ever.

If you would like any more information about leaving a gift in your will please do not hesitate to get in touch. If you have already remembered us in your will, or plan to, we would love to hear from you and have the opportunity to show our gratitude and thank you for this most valued support.

We recently heard from CCT supporter, Paul, why he has decided to remember the CCT:

Retirement.  I'm sure that most people plan the path that their lives will take when they have reached the end of their working years.  But I didn't.

I had always enjoyed walking, photography, travel and books, but I had no plan of my future when I retired. However, all these interests of mine came into play when I decided to remain in Somerset, the county where I had spent the last of my working years.

Buying books to learn more about Somerset inevitably led me to reading about churches, and these old buildings intrigued me. Even though they were in a way alien to me, brought up as I was as a Cornish Methodist.

So I started visiting these places of worship. What surprised me was that the majority of these churches were open! In the peaceful and quiet atmosphere I learnt so much about them - the architecture, the furnishings, the stone and wood carvings, and how important they are in relation to the history of England.

I had found my retirement path!

Over the years since, I have enjoyed visiting so many old churches – and old village pubs! - not just in Somerset but in most counties of England, Wales and Scotland.

One of the churches that I visited early on in my church-crawling years was The Holy Saviour at Puxton on the North Somerset Levels near to where I live. With its leaning tower and its ancient woodwork it is fascinating. It was probably here that I picked up a brochure about The Churches Conservation Trust. I have been very impressed by the care and attention that has gone into the preservation of these churches by the Trust. I soon realised how much these important old churches need financial help.

That is why I have remembered the CCT in my will.

Holy Saviour's, Puxton

 

2019 is our 50th Anniversary Year and we have been fortunate enough to benefit from people kindly remembering us in this way. If you would like to help us secure the future of these buildings far into the future please consider joining Paul in making a gift in your will, you can find out how to do so here.

If you would like any further information please contact supporters@thecct.org.uk or call 0207 841 0404.