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Diabetes UK leaves a lasting legacy

Diabetes UK has been chosen as the first ‘Charity of the Month’ for a website which encourages people to leave money to charities in their will. invites people to think about the issues they will face in the latter parts of their life, including how to handle their bequests.

Legacies - a vital source of income

“Last year, almost a third of our charity’s income came from legacies,” said Mike Hilder, Head of Legacy and Supporter Development at Diabetes UK.

Funding diabetes research, care, information, awareness and education

He has written an article for about the importance of leaving money to charity in a will, adding: “Without this support, Diabetes UK could not continue much of its vital work. It would mean less investment for our research projects; less money to provide care and information; and less funding for awareness and education initiatives.”

The importance of legacies

The founder of, Paul Hensby, said: “While over 70 per cent of the UK adult population donate to charity when they are alive, only seven per cent of people aged over 40 leave gifts to charities.”

He has invited a number of charities to get involved with the website to make people aware of the importance of legacies.

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