Memories are made of this

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GEORGE Square played host to some of Scotland’s favourite charities yesterday as they gathered to create a giant version of the Memory Game.

The event was staged to mark the beginning of Remember a Charity Week which runs from September 12 to 18 and aims to encourage more people to leave gifts to charities in their will.

Creating the game in George Square involved representatives from local charities being photographed ‘disappearing’ from the city, one by one.

Each game will be hosted on the Remember A Charity website (www.rememberacharity.org.uk) and like the traditional version, players will be challenged to remember which charities have been removed.

The charities which took part were Macmillan Cancer Support, NSPCC, ENABLE Scotland, Guide Dogs, Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centres, AICR, Arthritis Research UK, British Red Cross, Scottish Spina Bifida and The Wildlife Trusts.

Charitable donations in wills are vital to many of Britain’s charities, raising nearly £2 billion each year – the equivalent of over 20 Comic Reliefs.

Without this income most charities’ services would suffer; others would simply not exist. And although 74 per cent of people regularly support a charity in their lifetime only 7% of those who have written a will include a gift to charity.

If this increased by just 4%, an additional £1billion a year would be generated annually for good causes.

Rob Cope, Director of Remember A Charity, said: “Many people in the UK don’t realise that they can give money to charities in this way.

“But the truth is, after looking after family and friends, a small share of whatever is left can make a real difference to charities and the invaluable work they do.

“We hope this game acts as a very simple reminder to people to remember a charity in their will.

“Charitable donations in wills are the financial foundation for most charities. Without this income most charities’ services would suffer; others, just like the game, would simply disappear”.