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God’s love. Margery’s legacy. Lasting transformation.

Margery’s support for Tearfund first began in the 1970s. Margery explains why she still supports Tearfund to this day.

Written by Tearfund | 22 Apr 2024

A smiling elderly couple sitting at a table looking at photographs

When Margery, a retired teacher from Scotland, was invited to a prayer group at her university in the 1970s, she didn’t realise it was the start of a relationship of support that would impact her life for the next 50 years.

‘I was in one of Tearfund’s early support groups here in Scotland in the 1970s, and that led to me volunteering to work with refugees in Thailand for two years through Tearfund,’ says Margery.

Rescued from pirates

During this time, Margery made great friendships and witnessed first-hand the incredible impact being made by working with the local community in Thailand. Margery recalls a young girl she met through the project who had been rescued from pirates. Many years later – thanks to the daughter of the now adult girl who contacted Margery – they were able to meet once again.

‘I have a real fondness for Tearfund and that feeling has evolved. It’s an organisation I’ve been involved with for a long time, one that I trust.’
An old black and white photo of a young woman with a caption reading "Thuy and Margery Morton""

A photo of Margery from an early issue of Tearfund's Tear Times magazine, taken during her time volunteering in Thailand. 

‘There are many stories of positive change that have happened – where Tearfund’s work through local churches and partners has brought spiritual as well as physical transformation.

Becoming a pledger

‘Some time ago, I became a pledger, after deciding to leave a gift in my will to Tearfund,’ says Margery. ‘I chose to do this because of the many ways Tearfund has inspired me over the years. Since my university days, I have been impressed by the way Tearfund works and communicates its vision.

‘We give to Tearfund now as part of the expression of our faith, and so it follows that our eventual giving would reflect the same choice. I appreciate the way Tearfund has adapted to the needs and challenges of communities it works in, but has never given up on its Christian foundation. In fact, today Tearfund is stressing that foundation more than ever.

‘Because my husband, John, and I have always been Tearfund supporters, leaving a gift in our will seemed like a natural progression of our support. We trust how Tearfund works through local churches. Having both worked with Tearfund, we are aware of the life changing work being done in continuing the vision of over 50 years ago, when Tearfund was founded.’

Whether you already have a will like Margery or are thinking about writing one, including a gift to Tearfund is a chance to set something wonderful in motion for generations to come. Request our legacy guide to find everything you need to know plus details of how you can write your will for free through a local solicitor.

‘I hope that my story encourages you to also make a contribution to Tearfund through a gift in your will,’ says Margery. ‘I am delighted that you support Tearfund and hope you decide to take this next step, to let that kindness you’ve already shared continue into the future.’

Poverty isn’t God’s plan. You are. And by leaving a gift in your will to Tearfund, you can help spread God’s love in practical ways and create a legacy of lasting transformation.

Poverty isn't God's plan. You are. Like Margery, you can create a legacy that will transform lives for generations to come.

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Find out more about leaving a gift in your will to Tearfund by visiting our website at You can also get in touch by email at [email protected] or give us a call on 020 3906 3422.

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