A North East children’s charity is calling on people to help disabled youngsters in the region to live happier lives, by leaving a gift in their will.

Smile For Life provides specialist equipment, activities, short breaks and experiences to disabled and disadvantaged youngsters and their families. It also offers hands-on work placements in their Gosforth-based Café Beam.

The charity is using Remember A Charity Week to remind people just how vital the role charities play in helping to solve some of the biggest challenges in the world, and how the public can help – even when they are no-longer here.

Currently only six per cent of people include a gift to charity in their will, so Remember A Charity Week, running September 10th – 16th, is highlighting the importance of charitable bequests.

Paula Gascoigne, chief executive of Smile For Life, said: “People often forget that charity support goes beyond fundraising and that a charity gift in a will can make a huge difference to so many lives.

“Smile For Life is a very small charity and all of the money donated to us stays right here in the North East and goes directly to helping fund equipment and experiences for disabled young people and their families. It is an amazing gift once someone’s life has come to an end, to know that they are going to benefit the lives of others.

“As a charity, we rely solely on the generosity of fundraisers, volunteers and donors to help ensure that we keep going and can continue our vital work, changing the lives of hundreds of young disabled and disadvantaged young people in the region every year.”

The charity, currently based on Ashburton Road in Gosforth, is set to treble the number of work placements it offers from 60 to 180 when it moves to the former Fire Station on Gosforth High Street.

Rob Cope, Director of Remember A charity, said: “Gifts in wills now generate over £2.8 billion for good causes annually, funding vital services across the country. And yet, with only around six per cent people currently include a charity in their will, there is huge potential for growth ad to normalise legacy giving.

“Remember A Charity Week is a unique opportunity to celebrate the importance of charitable bequests and to inspire the public to think about what a difference they could make if they wrote a charity in their will.”

For more information on Smile For Life or Café Beam go to www.smileforlife.org.uk or search @smileforlifeNE or @cafebeamncle on social media.