What will your legacy be?

What will your legacy be?

Leave a legacy that will continue transforming lives for years to come

As a charity, we depend on donations of all sizes, including gifts in wills, to help us continue our life-transforming work. Leaving a gift in your will to Church Urban Fund, after you have provided for family and friends, means that your passion to see the lives of the poorest and most marginalised in England lifted out of poverty can continue long after you have passed away.  

Steve Purcell, a long-term supporter of Church Urban Fund did just that when his mother passed away recently. By using a deed of variation Steve passed his share of his mother’s legacy to Church Urban Fund. He tells his story in this short video: 

Steve wanted his gift to benefit elderly people whose lives were blighted by loneliness and isolation. The legacy was able to support 12 projects all over England, impacting 100’s of lives. Read about the projects that Steve’s gift supported by clicking on the highlighted dioceses. 

Could you consider leaving a gift in your will to Church Urban Fund? Download a legacy pledge form here or contact us on giftsinwills@cuf.org.uk. 

How Steve's gift helps

Click on a red coloured diocese to read about the projects funded by Steve's gift.

West Yorkshire and the Dales
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West Yorkshire and the Dales

With a pensioner poverty rate of 53% a church in Bradford approached Church Urban Fund to provide a weekly afternoon club for its elderly residents. The weekly meetings provided free transportation, exercise and cookery classes, as well as an advice service. 

A church in Batley wanted to reach out to its senior citizens. The grant they received from Church Urban Fund enabled them to set-up a home visiting service following up on GP referrals and to support the most isolated residents, as well as a weekly drop-in centre. 

Canterbury
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Canterbury

Church Urban Fund helped Faversham Assistance Centre and other partners to offer practical help to the elderly and disabled local people to look after their homes and gardens.

Chichester
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Chichester

The Mustard Seed Relief Fund in Eastbourne, set up a knitters group with funding from Church Urban Fund, to alleviate isolation among its local residents and to generate knitted items for its overseas missions. The project attracted up to 30 ‘knitters’ a week. 

Lichfield
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Lichfield

Church Urban Fund helped Ablewell Advice Centre, and its partners to support its elderly residents with home visits and debt advice, as well as helping them to access benefits and tackle debt issues.

Church Urban Fund helped a local church in Bilston and their partners, to expand their services of social provision to the elderly with a film club and other activities.

London
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London

Church Urban Fund helped a church in Hackney to offer local elderly residents a weekly 1940s style high tea and entertainment. The project was extremely popular with over 80 people attending each week, and received BBC radio and local and national media coverage.

Norwich
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Norwich

Following NHS funding cuts, Church Urban Fund supported a church in Norwich to set up a Parish Nurse Volunteer project for the elderly and other local residents with physical, mental, social and spiritual help, as well as nursing advice, training courses, signposting and advocacy. 

Oxford
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Oxford

Church Urban Fund helped a local church in Reading to set-up a befriending service in the town to support residents. 

Peterborough
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Peterborough

A church in Northampton and its partners were helped by Church Urban Fund, to help set-up a Community Café, in the heart of a local housing estate, with the aim of providing a safe place for vulnerable and isolated people. 

Southwark
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Southwark

With the large number of everyday services now on-line, The Millennium Academy, with funding from Church Urban Fund, set up classes to train elderly and disabled residents in the Lambeth area in computer skills. This IT training enabled them to access benefits, NHS support and engage with social media to stay in touch with friends and family. 

Truro
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Truro

Church Urban Fund helped Churches Together in Penzance with funding to establish a ‘Silver Surfers’ project to deliver basic IT and computer literacy skills for its senior citizens. 

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