Bryan has advanced glaucoma and remembers how RNIB helped him come to terms with his sight loss through counselling, as well as helping him get the benefits he was entitled to.
Bryan told us:
“I started losing my sight about 15 years ago. The eye doctor said, “You've got glaucoma and it's quite advanced. And you're going to lose your vision."
"RNIB were the ones that saved me, basically. So leaving a legacy in your Will to a charity that you love, it's the right thing to do. If somebody helps you, you help them. It’s my hope that RNIB can continue to be there for others”.
After discussing their Will with their children, Bryan and his wife Janet generously included a gift to RNIB. Janet said:
“Before we made our Wills, we had a long talk with our family. That's the first thing, if you're thinking of leaving a legacy. And the children actually said, 'We don't mind, that's good'.
"Then we contacted RNIB, and it was quite easy really. It is a lifeline. Not only to the person with sight loss, it's to the families, to the spouse, to the partners, to the children. It is a big organisation, but it's got a heart of gold”.
Jim and Mary Callaghan have been supporters of RNIB for years and had reason to use our services when their daughter was left without sight in one eye following a brain aneurism. Following an RNIB legacy reception, in which they heard more about our services for blind and partially sighted people, they were inspired to leave us a gift in their Will.
When Jim Callaghan was asked what prompted him and Mary to include a gift to RNIB, he told us:
"I had a Will already but it was quite a simple one, as my circumstances were not nearly as complicated as they are now. I didn’t have grandchildren at that time and when you don’t have much, there’s not an awful lot you can leave behind! Not that I’ve got much now - but slightly more than nothing, so I want to make sure that it goes to the right people and organisations.
If you’re going to spend your money either in life or in death, you have to make sure it’s for a good cause and that can mean helping other people with their lives, giving your kids and your grandkids pocket money and saying ‘thank you’ to organisations that do so much for us, with such incredible spirit.
"I don’t feel that I’m the person being generous by leaving a legacy to RNIB, it’s RNIB that are generous because they give so much to society through the work they do. The least someone like me can do is say 'thank you'."