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CHAPTER 9


CHAPTER 9


The greatest gift? Giving wisely


Abigail Kirby-Harris is a teacher, former Justice of the Peace and captain in the Royal Army Educational Corps. She has set up voluntary organisations both in Namibia and the UK to help empower disadvantaged women, and believes firmly in the adage ‘older and wiser’.


She is also a member of McCarthy & Stone’s Greater Life Advisory Board (GLAB).


It feels good to help loved ones if they’re struggling financially. Just make sure you take a few sensible precautions first, warns Abigail Kirby-Harris.


A loud cheer greeted the announcement that the largest sum raised for the Church Restoration Appeal was from the Inland Revenue, because so many of the smaller donations had qualified for Gift Aid. Not only had we legally beaten the taxman, we could now enjoy the fruits of our giving, safe in the knowledge that we had all played a part in keeping our beautiful church open.


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