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Posted 12th September 2018

#WattsWednesday: Remember a Charity in your Will

Help the work live on...

No matter the size, a gift in your will is one of the most valuable and lasting ways you can protect the Artists' Village and sustain Art for All. This summer, we were delighted and grateful to receive a gift in the will of Irene Jones. Here, Irene's daughter and regular Watts Gallery Trust volunteer, Glynis Paxton, reflects on her mother's gift:

'In the spring of last year my mother, then 89, was revising her will. She showed me the completed document and I was delighted to see that, as well as bequests to charities closely linked to her and my father, she had made a donation to Watts Gallery Trust. She told me that her reason for doing this was the involvement that I and my husband Richard have had with the gallery as volunteers, over the last 10 years or so. She had seen how much we enjoyed the things we had got involved with at Watts Gallery and with the people we have got to know. By making a donation, she was really giving a gift to me by helping something I was involved with. She was a Friend of Watts Gallery and enjoyed the Watts Magazine. She would sometimes read articles about the things that we had told her we were helping with and the people we worked alongside. Sometimes we would even pop up in a photo. She loved this. She enjoyed a lot her visits to Watts Gallery and lunches in the Tea Shop, she thought the whole place was wonderful. I think that she might have made a donation anyway, without our involvement, it had given her such pleasure. She died earlier this year and as her executor I have just carried out her wishes. It's lovely to think that for the future of Watts Gallery - Artists' Village my mother will have helped a little bit.'

If you would like to find out more about gifts in wills, please contact Sarah James on 01483 813597 or at development@wattsgallery.org.uk

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