Have some Will power! Charity calls for people to leave a Legacy for Cystic Fibrosis

Have some Will power! Charity calls for people to leave a Legacy for Cystic Fibrosis

08 February 2011

The Cystic Fibrosis Association of Ireland (CFAI) is calling on Irish people to help its members throughout the country by making a gift to CF in their Will. The charity has launched a campaign to coincide with ‘Legacy Month’ which takes place throughout February.


The CFAI, in association with one of Ireland’s best known broadcasters Derek Davis, is asking people to think of making a contribution to The Cystic Fibrosis Association in their Will, which will go directly towards helping to build a better future for children and adults with CF.


Approximately one third of Irish people die without ever leaving a Will despite the fact that it can go a long way towards helping to take care of loved ones after a person has passed. With the Legacy Campaign, The Cystic Fibrosis Association is encouraging people to take this one small step further by making a bequest to CF when preparing a Will.


Philip Watt, CEO of The Cystic Fibrosis Association of Ireland said "Thinking about life after we are gone is not something people like to spend time considering. People in Ireland with CF live with these thoughts on a daily basis by the nature of their illness. So, after you have taken care of your loved ones in your Will, why not make a bequest to CF? By doing so,,you are directly helping to provide vital isolation facilities in hospitals throughout Ireland, which will help to reduce the risk of cross infection and ultimately offer a brighter future to people living with CF in Ireland".


Commenting on his support for the campaign Derek Davis said "People with CF and their families need support..The disorder needs more research. The state needs more and better facilities for people with CF throughout Ireland..You can help with all of that by making a bequest to the charity. Keep CF in mind when you make your Will or make a donation now".


The Association's legacy campaign is also being supported by a number of solicitors throughout the country who are encouraging clients to consider legacies for charities close to their hearts when making their Wills.


John Boylan, Managing Partner with McNulty Boylan Partner Solicitors comments: "As well as remembering an excellent charity in your Will, it makes sense in many cases from a tax planning point of view.. Many Bequests to individuals are subject to high level of taxation.  A Bequest to Cystic Fibrosis will not attract tax because it is a registered charity. We have found that since the start of the recession more people are remembering charities in their Wills because they are finding it more difficult to contribute during their lifetime.  This is a positive development." 


People interested in leaving a legacy to CF can do so by speaking with their solicitor and telling them that they would like to include a bequest to CFAI in their Will. For further information on The Cystic Fibrosis Association’s legacy campaign visit www.cfireland.ie