The Callaghans' story

Gifts in Wills fund a third of all our vital work.

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 the 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'."