The Wiseman's legacy to Samaritans

Phyllis and Dennis Wiseman left a legacy to Samaritans in their Wills. Valerie, the eldest of their three children, explains why Samaritans was so important to them:

The Wisemans holding hands


Samaritans meant a lot to my parents. They were both volunteers at their local branch, so they saw the service develop and grow over the years that they were involved with the charity.

Volunteering gave them a completely different connection with the world. They’d been brought up in an era when you didn’t talk about your emotions. With Samaritans, they listened with compassion to people with problems.

I think Mum and Dad chose to leave a gift to Samaritans as they realised that the need for the service would always be there.

Adding Samaritans to their Wills was a straightforward procedure, simply including a sentence with the value of the donation.

Each call to Samaritans costs the charity £4.26 and the helpline receives a call every six seconds from someone struggling to cope.

If anyone reading this believes in Samaritans’ work like my parents did, then I hope you will be inspired by what a gift in your Will could achieve.