Since its opening in 1893, Hymers College has depended on and benefited from, the generosity of those who shared the vision of the Colleges founder for the training of intelligence from whatever social rank it may be found. The College in its current form is the result of generations of giving, from the first funders to many Old Hymerians and friends of Hymers.
Many people have multiple demands on their finances which might preclude them making a gift in their lifetime. Equally, they may have been supporters of Hymers in their lifetime and wish to make a final gesture of support. A legacy can be a final tribute to Hymers, a gift that endures in perpetuity, and one which can be put towards any number of areas of Hymer's work. Bequests are exempt from inheritance tax (IHT) and for estates leaving 10% or more to charity, there is a reduction in IHT from 40% to 36%.
Hymers gave me massive knowledge, amazing challenges and lifelong friendships with some truly amazing people. The academic learning at Hymers is just one strand of the growth you’re given. Learning about yourself, your strengths, and your development areas - be they academic or outside of lessons - helps you to grow truly and the support around you to do exactly that is off the scale! Chris Fitzpatrick did me the honour of putting me in the Z team for Rugby given my appalling levels of skill and indeed interest in Rugby. I recently saw him and had to thank him for that ‘gift’ – fire in my belly from a young age, I reckon. You’re forgiven, Fitzy.
My mum and dad (Beryl and Malcolm) made many sacrifices to enable me to get to Hymers. Leaving a legacy was a simple decision for me. If I can somehow repay that gift, I am doing the right thing.
I would encourage everyone to reflect on what Hymers has given them throughout their life up until now, and what it will give in their years ahead. This gives each of us the chance to truly make a mark on a young person’s life chances when we’re gone.
I hope my gift will give someone the springboard they need to become the person they’re destined to be.
Howard Bradley, OH 1993.