You're hired, Remember a Charity tells Margaret Mountford

Apprentice star to front legacies awareness week

Margaret Mountford, Sir Alan Sugar's former aide on reality TV show The Apprentice, is to be the face of the first awareness week organised by legacy consortium Remember a Charity.

The Forget Me Knot week, which takes place from 14 to 20 September, will include a range of activities aimed at persuading the public to leave charitable gifts in their wills. Former lawyer Mountford, who is a trustee of heart disease charity Corda, will call on lawyers to ask their clients whether they want to leave money to charity in their wills.

Research by Remember a Charity, which has 140 charity members, has shown that 75 per cent of the public would not mind being asked about leaving a charitable legacy after they die by a solicitor or will-writing professional.

"As a retired lawyer, I recognise that will-writing professionals could play an important role in changing the status quo," said Mountford.

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