Remember a Charity
This week is Remember a Charity Week and as such we're celebrating the amazing story of one of our supporters, Harry Nixon. Harry has ensured his legacy will live on in the eyes of hundreds of people. Find out more below...
Harry Nixon served in the RAF as a Flight Engineer in 12 Squadron, operating bombers from RAF Wickenby during the Second World War.
Late on the night of 16th March 1945, Harry’s Lancaster bomber was shot down over
Alberndorf in Austria. Harry was one of only two of the seven crew who managed to escape from the aircraft before it exploded.
Harry and his crewmate were taken prisoner, but spent only a few weeks in captivity before the war ended. Harry wrote letters to the families of his fellow crew members (all members of the Royal Australian Air Force) who were killed in the crash.
A few years ago Harry was introduced to the work of Orbis by his brother-in-law James Williamson who, with his wife Jane, have been long-term supporters of our work. Sadly Harry passed away last year. However when James and Jane discovered that he had left a gift in his Will to Orbis this brought them great comfort.
Every year, more and more people like Harry are leaving gifts to charities in their Wills. These legendary acts provide the foundation for causes like ours and are vital in continuing our work. That’s why we’re taking part in Remember A Charity week.
Most of our funds come from the generosity of supporters like you and gifts in Wills are a good way to help eliminate avoidable blindness.
They help us to achieve so much - for example they could help our work in the Ashanti region of Ghana, where children are five times more likely to suffer from blindness than in developed countries like ours.
This year, with the help of legacies, we’re hoping to reach 800,000 people in the Gurage zone of Ethiopia, where trachoma is blighting the lives and futures of many thousands of people.
If you haven’t done so already, I’d like you to consider making a gift in your Will to help Orbis restore the gift of sight to poor people in developing countries, to help them see their loved ones again, to transform their lives. You’ll be amazed at what one final gift, no matter how big or small, can do.
Of course family and friends come first; once you have taken care of your loved ones, please take a moment to consider leaving a gift to Orbis.
I’ve enclosed a slip with my letter if you want more information, or to tell us if you’ve already done so.
You can contact Gemma Armes directly on 020 7608 7267 or email her at email@example.com. There’s also a space on the back of the response slip that you can use to ask any questions or if you have any comments about my letter.
Harry Nixon’s final gift to Orbis means that his values and his kindness are living on in Ghana’s Ashanti region. Whole communities are looking clearly towards a brighter future thanks to Harry.
Our brand new state of the art Flying Eye Hospital is now ready for take-off. We’d like to thank all our partners, volunteers and supporters who’ve helped make this happen. The plane is equipped with the latest audio-visual technology to enable our sector-leading medical volunteers to train practitioners around the world. It hosts a classroom, laser room, observation room, operating room and can even transmit live surgeries in 3D.
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