After turning 50 and having already lost some friends, colleagues and family members to untimely deaths, I realised it was foolish to delay writing a will any longer. From an early age my parents instilled in me the value of a good education and indeed through their sacrifices, I was able to go to university and get the degree that allowed me to forge a career that enriched my life and gave me the opportunity to live in many exciting parts of the world. With no children of my own and my extended family well provided for, I wanted to find a way to help others less fortunate than myself to achieve their dreams and their potential. Sport has always been an important part of my life, so I looked for programmes at UK universities that combined sport with education. I was delighted to discover Stirling's Sporting Excellence programme and it’s record of success. My visit to the campus was a memorable day both for the breathtaking scenery and for the warm and friendly welcome of the people I met. I realized then that I had found not just the right programme but also an institution with the right culture and values to safeguard my legacy in the future. It's wonderful to follow the successes of the current students and to know that I can make a difference to someone's life in the future.
Leslie Patterson, friend and supporter of the University of Stirling
When I heard that Stirling was promoting legacy giving as a means of raising funds I was delighted. I have great memories of my time at Stirling and have a continued interest in the development, and future, of the University. I made a decision many years ago to ‘give back’ to the University by supporting both the Annual Fund and leaving a legacy in my Will. Funding is very different now, not just for students, but also for universities and I believe we all need to consider how we maintain high standards within the Higher Education sector by contributing to, and increasing, alternative sources of finance.
David, BA in History, class of 1974