Cornish charities are encouraging people to show their love for the county by leaving a gift in their will.
The charities have come together under the banner Leave a Gift to Cornwall to raise awareness of how people can leave legacies to Cornwall-based charities.
And while some Cornish charities receive as much as a third of their fundraising income through legacies, others receive nothing at all in gifts through wills.
Organisations involved in the new campaign range from animal charities such as Wild Futures, which runs the Monkey Sanctuary in Looe, to humanitarian, health and welfare causes such as ShelterBox, Cornwall Hospice Care and the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution.
A number of cultural charities, such as Hall for Cornwall, Royal Cornwall Museum, Miracle Theatre and the National Maritime Museum, are also involved.
Dee Reeves, legacy officer at Cornwall Hospice Care, said: “The main aim of Leave a Gift to Cornwall is simply to get people thinking about which charities have touched them during their lives.
“Currently, only about 14 per cent of charity income in the UK comes from legacies and yet in these tough economic times, we rely more and more on legacy income to continue our work.
“Some people think they need to leave large sums to make it worthwhile but that’s not the case.
“We are always grateful for any gift, large or small. Even £50 or £100 can make a huge difference to charities that work in Cornwall.
“Not only do such gifts help to ensure that our work continues, many supporters tell us that including them in their wills makes them less worried about not being able to give more in their lifetime.”
This week, the charities have launched a website – www.leaveagifttocornwall, supported by Coodes solicitors – highlighting the benefits of leaving a legacy to a Cornish charity.