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Supporter leaves £1.2m to Christian Aid

Mrs Kathleen Mary Ball of Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, has donated £1.2 million to international development charity Christian Aid in her will.

Mrs Ball, who died in December 2006, and whose estate has just been wound up, was a longstanding member of the Wellingborough United Reformed Church and had been a supporter of Christian Aid since 1987.

Mrs Ball started work at the age of 16 at Weetabix, known in 1930 as the Britain and Africa Cereal Company, where she worked until 1946.

She and her husband Harold, who died in 1999 just weeks short of his 100th birthday, had no children and ran a cycle and electrical shop in Cambridge Street in Wellingborough for more than 20 years before they retired in 1965. 

Revd Paul Bedford of Wellingborough United Reformed Church said: ‘Kath Ball and her husband Harold were generous and concerned members of this church.  She was a loving disciple who expected high standards of herself and others.  But her sense of humour also shone through.  She felt that if God loved the world enough to send his Son, then we, today, had better shape up and be the best we can be!’

Asked whether Christian Aid should mark Mrs Ball’s generous gift at the church he added: ‘Kath’s response would have been forthright!  Use all the money for the charity’s work with poor communities.’

Legacies, such as this, account for about ten per cent of Christian Aid’s income and are a very tax-efficient way of leaving money to a charity.

Colin Kemp, Christian Aid legacy manager said: ‘Christian Aid depends on legacies to fund over ten per cent of its work.  They help to provide much-needed support to some of the world’s poorest people by allowing us to respond to emergencies and provide training and tools that will allow communities to become self sufficient.  Mrs Ball’s legacy is about more than just money – it will enable Christian Aid, and our partner organisations, to invest in people’s futures and bring about real lasting change for generations to come.’

If you are interested in leaving money to Christian Aid in your will please call  +44 (0)20 7523 2173.

During November, Christian Aid will be taking part in a month-long promotion called Will Aid.  If you would like to make a will, or change an existing one, simply visit a participating solicitor and instead of paying the solicitor’s fee you make an equivalent donation to Will Aid.  Last year Will Aid raised over £90,000 for Christian Aid’s work. 

To find a local solicitor taking part in Will Aid simply log on to www.willaid.org.uk or call 0300 0300 013.

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For further press information contact Karen Hedges on +44 (0)20 7523 2404 or email khedges@christian-aid.org or call Amanda Burney on +44 (0)20 7523 2318.

Notes to editor

Christian Aid is an international development agency working in 50 countries with people of all religions and none.