Peter and Val Freeland have included Berry Street in their Wills. Val shares her thoughts on why they chose to leave a gift in their Wills and what Berry Street means to them.
"The children and young people of Berry Street are very close to my heart. I have been associated with Berry Street for many years. In the 1950’s, my mother sat on the Board of Sutherland Homes which merged with Berry Street in 1994. More recently our son was on the Board of Berry Street until moving to Sydney. Over the years I have been a volunteer, helping raise awareness and funds. All of this contact with Berry Street has made me very aware of the belief of Berry Street that all children have a right to a good childhood.
We were blessed with a happy family and as we have watched our five children marry and establish themselves with their own families we decided we now have the opportunity to care for a wider group of young people in a practical way. By making a bequest to Berry Street in our Will we are “planting a seed of hope” and helping the organisation plan for the future and assure a continuity of their vital services.
I have had the privilege of visiting a number of the programs run by Berry Street. This has given me a much wider perspective of the range of activities helping vulnerable children, young people and families. I would like to encourage you to learn more about these programs as they will give you a deeper insight into the difference your bequest would make to the kids in Berry Street’s care.
As I have met the staff working in these programs I have been inspired by their dedication and commitment to the children in their care - they are a special group of people and deserve our heartfelt support. The more involved I become with Berry Street, the more passionate I become. It would be wonderful if you could join me and my husband, Peter, in planting a seed of hope by including Berry Street in your Will."