Celebrating generosity during ‘Remember a Charity’ week
8 September 2015
It's Remember a Charity week this week (7–13 September), and to mark it, a life-long follower of our charity is calling on others to give to a charity in their will.
Edwina Pogson has nominated us having followed the charity since our founder set up our second care home, St Teresa’s in Cornwall, in the early 1950s.
She has admired Leonard Cheshire since the Second World War, where he won a Victoria Cross (VC) for the bravery he showed serving in the RAF. (Fittingly, today marks the 71st anniversary of him receiving the VC.)
Mrs Pogson's interest in our founder grew when he opened St Teresa’s on a former RAF base.
‘One of the first disabled people Leonard helped at St Teresa’s was a neighbour of mine.
‘The horrors he saw in the war shaped him as a man and gave him his empathy for others.’
Over the past 66 years, we have provided care for people in their own homes, in supported rented accommodation, in residential homes, in day centres and through respite services.
The scope and breadth of our work leads Mrs Pogson to describe its founder as ‘a saint, a one-off ... someone who people should know more about.’
Having lived through the war herself, Mrs Pogson shares Leonard’s sense of responsibility to help others who are suffering, and the 81-year-old is calling on others to write a charity into their will for Remember a Charity week.
‘I give to a range of charities that do good work including Leonard Cheshire Disability.
‘If you’re fortunate enough to have a little money to leave behind, show compassion to people who need a little financial backing.’