Do you remember where you celebrated ‘The Millennium’?
I was with friends by the side of Vauxhall Bridge watching the fireworks, celebrating this monumental and unique life event.
The year 2000 was also host to another type of new beginning - the birth of Stagetext. Fast forward to today and Stagetext is the UK’s leading provider of open captions for theatres and live subtitles for the arts. Last year we helped over 1,000,000 people access the fun, exciting and often life-changing events - bringing to life verbatim subtitles and captions on screens and tablets at over 500 theatres, museums, galleries and conferences.
Over the next 20 years, as we become an adult, we still have work to do. 1 in 6 people in the UK are without or are losing their hearing - so there is still a long way to go to ensure it is available to everyone who needs it. Your support will ensure this continues to happen long into the future so that no one is left behind. Thank you for helping us to continue this important work.
“I invited some long-standing friends over for dinner and together we prepared burgers with all the trimmings. Occasionally you see burgers topped with a little flag and we thought it would be fun to make our own version of this - on one side a recent photo, and on the other a photo from our past (some as much as 30 years ago). This provided us with a lot of laughs, but also some sighs of sorrow at the idea of that much time passing. This led us to ask, as many do: ‘how we can tap into the secret of immortality?’
Without selling my soul to the devil as Faust did, I found my way to still be part of the causes that matter to me in my life - through leaving gifts in my will.
I have been moderately-severely deaf since I was five and resigned myself to the fact that enjoying theatre and live arts was never going to be for me. But thanks to Stagetext, live theatre, museums talks, and gallery tours have all become activities that I can fully enjoy as part of my everyday life.
Over the years I have seen the impact made by Stagetext reach further than just me. I’ve seen how d/Deaf, deafened and hard of hearing people all across the UK can feel a sense of equality and enjoy the arts shoulder to shoulder with everyone else. It’s great to talk with others like me and you whose lives have been enriched by some of the wonderful productions and events we have enjoyed together.
I wanted this vital work to continue long after my lifetime, so I added a clause in my will with a gift to Stagetext. I know, through this gift, that I am helping to improve the livelihoods of people like me, along with their friends and families… as well as tapping into the secret of immortality that I craved with those burger flags.
Thank you for also choosing to support Stagetext through a gift in will... and enjoy the show!
Leaving a gift in your will to Stagetext is a very special and personal way you can support those who are d/Deaf and hard of hearing to live life to the fullest:
“Stagetext saved my life. My quality of life. My belief in my own intelligence. They gave me back the chance to have an amazing time at the theatre and leave feeling elated, educated and included.” - Deafinitely Girly, theatre lover and deaf blogger
A gift in will recognises the part Stagetext has played in your life: perhaps as a caption user yourself, or as the loved one of someone who is d/Deaf, deafened or hard of hearing and has benefitted from Stagetext captions.
“What did we do before captioning? We stayed at home” – John Unsworth, caption user
“Words no longer fail me”– Tim Hardy, caption user
Gifts in wills support us to make captioning happen across the UK, in cities and towns that do not yet offer this kind of support. A recent gift in will of £10,000 has enabled us to work with 10 new venues to get set up and ready to caption. Every gift in every will makes a difference however large or small. Even 1% could make a huge difference to the lives of d/Deaf, deafened and those hard of hearing.