Macmillan Cancer Support has today launched an uplifting film entitled ‘Live Your Legacy’ (#LYL) inviting people throughout Lancashire to ask themselves how they would like to be remembered after they die.
Aimed at raising awareness of the importance of gifts in wills, the short film includes comments and observations from a selection of people who, while very different from each other, all share a common desire – to leave a lasting legacy.
The Macmillan ‘Live Your Legacy’ campaign, which was launched at the start of Dying Matters Awareness Week (May 12-18), also serves to remind people about the importance of having an up to date professionally written will to help people ensure their loved ones and favourite causes are looked after, in the event of their death.
Macmillan is keen to extend the challenge to a wider audience and is urging people to ask themselves the question “What is your legacy?”
Lancashire supporters who would like to get involved are invited to record a 10 second clip and upload it to twitter between May 12th – 18th, using the hashtags #LYL and #YODO, the official hashtag for this year’s Dying Matters Awareness Week.
Including a reference to @Remembermac will ensure the film is picked up by the team at Macmillan. Alternatively films can be submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Danielle Tanner, Macmillan Cancer Support Mass Planning Manager, said: “Death is something we all have in common, yet it is a subject that few of us like to talk about. We wanted to flip this taboo topic on its head and focus on something positive that people are happy to share: their legacy and the way they would like to be remembered.”
There are currently over two million people living with cancer in the UK, a figure which is set to double by 2030. With one in three people developing cancer in their lifetime, the emotional, financial and practical support provided by Macmillan is vital to ensure no one faces cancer alone.
Film producer and actress, Amanda Waring, one of the film’s contributors explained: “I was excited to be approached about being involved with the #LYL film. Macmillan cared for my mother, Dame Dorothy Tutin, when she was terminally ill and I have seen the benefits first hand of having a Macmillan team in my corner.
“As part of my work in improving compassion and dignity for elders at the end of their life, I actively encourage people to ask themselves: What do you want your legacy to be? It’s a really enlightening exercise. I really hope I can make an impact through my work in this area and this will be my legacy.”
Legacy donations make up more than a third of Macmillan’s entire income.
There are currently around 32.5 million people in the UK do not have a will.
If there is no will the rules of intestacy will dictate how any property and money will be distributed and the real risk is that preferred family and causes get nothing at all. In a bid to facilitate the will writing process Macmillan provides a discounted will writing service.
To find out more about leaving a gift to Macmillan in your will call 08001074448 or visit macmillan.org.uk/legacies