Use your Will to change
a life today,
a generation tomorrow,
and the world forever.

Every child needs someone to love them and somewhere to call home. Every child belongs in a family.

Few of us will forget the harrowing images of Ceaușescu’s brutal orphanage system in the early 1990s. We’ve been working in Romania ever since, bringing down the number of children confined to orphanages in the country by over 90%. The day is coming when the last orphanage there will close.

Together, we can continue the work our founders, Mark and Caroline Cook, began. If you believe every child belongs in a family, both today and for generations to come, make it part of your legacy to consign orphanages to history.

David and Hilary’s story

  • An image of David with paperwork for his new home; plus an image of an orphanage in Maramureș county

  • Hilary first heard about Hope and Homes for Children when she saw our founder Mark Cook on This Is Your Life in 1999.

    As Hilary watched that TV programme, hundreds of miles away in Romania, David and his two older brothers became orphans when both their parents passed away.

    Aged just seven, David ended up confined to the Victor Babeș orphanage for preschool children in Baia Mare.

    He was among the last generation who, when his family were no longer able to look after him, was sent to an orphanage.

    In the past 20 years, here, and across Romania, we have worked with local partners to replace orphanages with loving family-based care.

    A year later, Hope and Homes for Children supported the authorities to close the orphanage, and David moved into one of the two new family homes we established so the young children could grow up in a caring, family-type environment instead.

    In 2010 Hilary passed away, and as a passionate supporter of our work, she left us a gift in her Will of £10,000. It was this legacy that helped us continue our support of the children from the Baia Mare orphanage. We had found David a loving small family home and, as a young man, he attended technical college and combined it with paid work to start saving for his future.

  • Recently we helped David secure a modern apartment of his very own, and he continues to work hard to equip his new home with the essentials.

    “I have always had this dream,” David tells us, with a smile.

    “To learn, to leave the child protection system, and to have my own home… I am very grateful. Thank you, everyone.”

    In Maramureș County alone, where David’s orphanage for preschool children was located, we closed a further nine institutions to make it entirely orphanage-free. Today, tomorrow, and for generations to come, no child in Maramureș will ever have to experience what David went through.

    Of course, Hilary and David never met, but in choosing to leave a gift in her Will to help children grow up in a family, she gave David the support and love that enabled him to build a happy life and future for himself—a lasting legacy that also helped change a generation.

    It’s a lovely thought, isn’t it? That in the future a child with a place in a loving family and a life full of promise will have a connection with you.

Leaving the gift of love for children

We understand that your own family will always come first. By remembering Hope and Homes for Children in your Will, you can be there for others too, replacing orphanages with loving families for generations to come.

Leaving a gift in your Will is one way you can leave a lasting legacy, by changing the world for vulnerable children long into the future, without it costing you a penny today.

  • Pie chart showing £1 split into 76p spent on our work and 24p on fundraising

    Between 2018 and 2020, for every £1 we spent, 76p went to our work to help vulnerable children and families whilst 24p was used to raise more funds to support this work.

  • Heart icon displaying £3.90 statistic

    Between 2018 and 2020, for every £1 we invested in our fundraising we raised £3.90.

“Family is our priority”

John and Anne Foster have supported Hope and Homes for Children for many years and have very kindly named us in their Will.

“In our view family is our priority, so we have catered for our children and grandchildren in our Wills. But family is also at the heart of what Hope and Homes for Children is about—ensuring children can grow up in the love and protection of a family and not in an orphanage. When we’re gone, we’d like to know that much less fortunate children will enjoy the same love and security our own grandchildren take for granted.”

Thinking ahead

Leaving a gift in your Will to Hope and Homes for Children is a very simple thing to do. And if it’s something you’re considering—thank you.

Joe Sutton, our Head of Supporter Care

Joe has been looking after our supporters since 2007, including those who have pledged a gift in their Will. If you would find it helpful to have an informal, confidential and no obligation chat with Joe about your Will, please let us know using the form below.

Some useful resources

You may find these downloads helpful for either drawing up a new Will or amending an existing one.

  • Cover of Use Your Will leaflet

    Use Your Will leaflet

    More information on the difference your legacy can make, and how we steward your gift.

    Download PDF

  • Cover of Guide to Making a Will

    Guide to Making Your Will

    Useful guidance about different types of Will, accompanied by some suggested wording.

    Download PDF

  • Front of codicil leaflet

    Codicil form

    Use this form to change your existing Will in support Hope and Homes for Children.

    Download PDF

We’d like to thank you properly

Your Will is naturally a private matter, but if you’re willing to keep us informed about any decision you make relating to Hope and Homes for Children, we’d appreciate the chance to thank you properly.

Any information you provide will, of course, remain strictly confidential.

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