ILM members in the awards spotlight

April 26, 2024

A host of ILM members took top honours in the Smee & Ford Legacy Giving Awards on 18 April.

The event, which is only in its second year, was held at London’s Bankside hotel and attracted an audience of around 280 from across the charity spectrum.


Matthew is pictured with (from left) Jane Hyder and Aoife Burnell-Smith, from Hospice of St Francis, which won Legacy Project on a Shoestring with its I will 1% campaign, and Hayley McNeill and Amy Forster, from Save the Children Fund, which won Legacy Administration Team of the Year.

Out of 20 categories overall, 13 were won by ILM members and a further two by ILM corporate partners.

Shelter went home with three awards, plus one Highly Commended, while RNLI won two categories and was also Highly Commended in a third.

ILM CEO Matthew Lagden, who was one of the judges, said: “Many congratulations to all the winners, to those who were highly commended or shortlisted, and also to Smee & Ford for organising such a fantastic event.

“It was incredibly inspiring to have the work of so many ILM members in the spotlight and an excellent opportunity to network, share ideas and simply be inspired.

“As a judge, I think the standard of entries was significantly higher this year. There were so many stories about the amazing work taking place and we heard many times about how important it is to have a real narrative that demonstrates what legacies actually pay for.

“Legacies are essential for the lifeblood of a charity but it’s also easy for the money to get lost amongst wider fundraising activity and never be seen again. If you can say this activity is happening because of legacy money coming in, then it is such a motivator across the board – both for internal and external audiences.”

The full list of ILM member and corporate partner winners is:

Matthew Lagden on stage announcing
Shelter as the winner of the Excellence in Working with Lay Executors category.
Matthew is pictured with the Shelter team after presenting them with the award for Excellence in Working with Lay Executors

The awards day began with a series of panel discussions featuring a number of the judges, including Matthew, Lucinda Frostick, Director of Remember A Charity, Adam Buckles, Head of Legacies, Alzheimer’s Society and Kelly Marie Braund, Solicitor and Senior Legacy Administration Manager at Diabetes UK.

  • Inspiring Legacy Creativity – Making valuable connections with audiences and donors
  • Growing Legacy Talent – The factors enabling outstanding legacy teams to flourish
  • Building Cross-Sector Collaboration – Maximising legacy expertise and capability to achieve outstanding results

Common threads across all three sessions were “collaboration”, “storytelling”, “ingenuity”, “demonstrating engagement”, “boldness and bravery”, “negotiation”, “communication and sharing resources” and “visibility”.

All of which led Matthew to conclude: “The more we work together to grow the market and the visibility of legacies, the more we can help everyone to thrive.”

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