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Why I am Leaving a Legacy to Bradfield: COLIN BURGESS (SCR 72-18)

Leaving a legacy is one way of trying to ensure that, in a world of sudden, drastic and often unthinking change, continuity can be preserved for the benefit and security of future generations.

Colin receiving his leaving gift, Summer 2018
Colin receiving his leaving gift, Summer 2018

Two years ago I decided to pay a nostalgic visit to Petts Wood, where my family lived when I was a boy. I retraced my route from home to my old primary school; it was still there and, as I stood at the entrance, I clearly remembered the day 63 years previously when a very nervous small boy and his equally anxious mother passed through those gates for the first time.

 

I enjoyed my time there, as I did at my senior school and university. Each provided a stimulating environment which prepared me well for the next stage. I wrote, following my visit, to the current headmistress of my primary school saying that I was planning to send the school some money.

 

I would like to have been able to thank those teachers who taught me but, sadly, it was far too late to be able to do that. Instead, I felt that I could give a little support to the present generation of staff and pupils. That is the nature of much of our giving, we are often not in a position to offer much at the time, but perhaps can do so retrospectively to help succeeding generations.

 

My mother spent her last two years in a nursing home, and I have to set quite a lot of money aside in case the same should happen to me. There is, therefore, a limited amount that I can give here and now. It occurred to me, though, that I could redraft my will (in my case I have allocated a percentage of my estate to each school) so that I could give something back to the institutions to which I owe so much – chief amongst them, of course, being Bradfield College.

 

It is important to realise that we are not giving to the school  that we remember; it will have changed – as it must and should do. However, most certainly in the case of Bradfield, the essential ethos and core values have been retained and leaving a legacy is one way of trying to ensure that, in a world of sudden, drastic and often unthinking change, continuity can be preserved for the benefit and security of future generations.

 

None of us likes to think about our mortality – but it is necessary to do so and the thought of being able to do some good and help perpetuate something worthwhile may alleviate any discomfort inherent in the process.

 

I therefore commend the 1850 Society and its objectives to alumni and colleagues alike, and am both pleased and proud to have become a member.

 

Colin Burgess (SCR 72-18)

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