Posted: 05 September 2012

Help from our founder - The ongoing effects of helping children

Gifts in wills are vital to our work and make up 25% of the total donations we receive.

Our supporter Anne Batchelor made the decision to remember our work in her will. She also shared her story with us.

photo of Anne BatchelorThe gift of childhood

When my mother was only four, she lost her mother. Shortly after, my grandfather was asked by their landlady to find a new home for his children. So a letter was written to Edward Rudolf, founder of The Children’s Society. He found a place for my mother in a children’s home until she was fifteen.

The children were well cared for, with only twenty girls in the house, a matron and a sister. And so it was really like a big family.

My mother told me, 'I was so lucky to go to the home, because I don’t know what would have become of me otherwise.'

When I die, I have decided to leave one-third of any money I have to The Children’s Society. It’s my only way of saying thank you for all their work over the years.

They gave my mother a childhood, a good childhood. And they’re still doing that for children today.

Giving children a good start in life – you can’t ask for better than that, can you?

By Anne Bachelor

Learn more

  • If you’d like to consider supporting our work in this special way, please contact our Supporter Care team by telephone (0300 303 7000) or email.
  • Read about leaving a legacy through your will.
  • Read other pieces in our Good Childhood blog.
  • Make a difference in a young person's life - donate today.


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