The donor of the gift of an education to a young person opens the door to many different opportunities, instils confidence and encourages the belief that anything is possible. It is a lasting gift that resonates through subsequent generations.
Lancing’s 1848 Legacy Society was created in 2006 in recognition of our Founder’s educational vision and to allow us to thank all those who have made provision for the College in their Will. Society members are invited annually to a special event to hear from the Head Master about the school’s progress, the plans he has for the coming years and how legacy gifts can have an impact on Lancing’s future. It is important to us that members who have made such a commitment to supporting our work understand how their donations will make a difference to a young person’s life. All of our benefactors (unless they wish to remain anonymous) have their names inscribed on an honour board hung alongside the portraits of Lancing’s Head Masters in Great School and recognising them in perpetuity for their generosity.
The pandemic has hurt the poorest and most vulnerable in our society and the after-effects will be felt for many years to come. The Lancing Foundationers programme has a vital role to play in supporting this group and a responsibility to maintaining its position at the centre of an institution with such enduring values. Bequests have already provided one fifth of the funding for the 22 young people in the programme today and are fundamental to its continuing success. Funding our Foundationers is a constant priority and we shall need financial support from our community far into the future.
You can see in the figures below what has been made possible by the generosity of legacy gifts in recent years. Today’s legacies will help the young people who will need us most in the future. If you are thinking about remembering Lancing in your Will, please do feel free to contact Catherine Reeve, Foundation Director, on firstname.lastname@example.org or 01273 465786 to talk about your considerations.