Catherine Haines Artist interviews in Surfers Against Sewage ~ Pipeline Magazine 2019

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Why leaving a gift to SAS in your will makes waves for years to come.

Supporters like you have been protecting our coastline for nearly 30 years. You’ve helped to improve water quality in the UK beyond recognition. And now, thousands of volunteers are inspiring thousands more to live free from single-use plastic. With a gift in your will, you can make sure the love and commitment you’ve shown to our oceans can live on and ensure that our oceans can be enjoyed by everyone for generations to come.

Catherine Haines is an artist living and working in Cornwall. She included a gift in her will to celebrate her love of the sea: “When I cared for my mother while she was dying of cancer, I realised how important it was to have a will. The fact she had written hers and planned for her future made a difficult time a lot easier. A few years after her death, I bought my own home and decided to make my own will. My sisterin-law told me about a charity will writing scheme called Will Aid, and so I chose a partaking local solicitor to draw one up. “I knew I wanted to include a charity in my will and it made sense to look close to home here in Cornwall. I love sea swimming, and know what a huge difference SAS has made to the water quality on our coast. For me, a local grassroots charity with a strong community spirit won my vote. I can’t think of a more deserving group. However, I plan to live a very long time, so SAS will be waiting a while for my posthumous gift!”

A gift like Catherine’s could help bring a message of ocean protection to the classroom and inspire the next generation of volunteers and activists. At Spinfield School, headteacher, Jayne Spreadbury explains how the SAS Plastic Free Schools initiative has done just that: “Our school believes in learning, growing and developing together —that means going beyond the curriculum and teaching the students about global issues. Through becoming a Plastic Free School, our children are understanding how their individual actions help the environment. They’re also now helping the wider community to reduce their single-use plastic waste.” To include a gift in your will to Surfers Against Sewage you will need to include our charity number which is 1145877. You’llalso need to decide on the type of g i f t :

• A residuary gift where you can leave a percentage of what’s left of your estate after your other wishes are carried out.

• Or a pecuniary gift which is a fixed financial donation.

• You can also leave a specific gift, which is an item, such as jewellery.

• We recognise that family and friends come first.

• We will never pressure you to give a gift in your will.

• We respect your right to privacy.

• We understand that personal circumstances change.

• We promise to use your gift wisely.

For more info, get in touch with Jess: 01872 553001