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The winners of the 2024 Legacy Futures Crispin Ellison Bursary Awards have been unveiled.

The Crispin Ellison Bursary aims to further professional development in legacy administration. It is named in memory of the ILM founding member and lifetime President, whose career was dedicated to advancing professional knowledge in the legacy sector.

The bursary is open to applicants from the UK, who are looking to further their professional development in the area of legacy administration and management.

Two winners receive a training package from the Institute of Legacy Management up to the value of £1000 each.

2024 Winners

This year's winners are Layla Brown, from Rennie Grove Peace Hospice and Katy Lee from St Gemma's Hospice.

The judges – Rebecca Billen of Blood Cancer UK and Matthew Lagden, Director at the ILM felt that each of these future leaders demonstrated a breadth of skills, talent and passion that will serve them well as the develop their careers as legacy professionals.

Layla Brown

From Rennie Grove Peace Hospice in Tring

“I am incredibly grateful to have been awarded the Crispin Ellison Bursary for 2024. Since starting in legacy administration at Rennie Grove Peace Hospice Care I’ve learnt so much and have developed a real passion for legacies. I’ve been eager to pursue the CiCLA qualification so I can expand my knowledge and confidence in this sector. I can’t wait to get started and I’m looking forward to all the opportunities ahead that will enable me to make a positive impact to the charity by maximising our legacy income.”

Katy Lee

from St Gemma's Hospice in Leeds

“I am so thrilled to have been selected as a recipient of the 2024 Legacy Futures Crispin Ellison Bursary Awards and cannot wait to start studying for the Certificate in Charity Legacy Administration.

I am the Individual Giving Manager at St Gemma’s Hospice and have a real passion for legacy fundraising as gifts in wills fund vital care for 1 in 5 of our patients. I applied for this bursary as I find legacies an incredibly interesting area of work, and an area within which I wish to increase my knowledge. Gaining the CiCLA will really help consolidate and enhance my current knowledge of legacy administration, helping me to deal with more complex issues.

Obtaining this certification will hugely benefit my personal development, but will also be of real benefit to St Gemma’s Hospice. Increasing my knowledge and confidence in managing legacies will help to grow income from gifts left to St Gemma’s by ensuring aspects such as charity tax exemptions are maximised, and I will also be able to train my team more effectively and pass on knowledge to the next generation of legacy fundraisers.

I am so grateful to be given this opportunity.”


We created the Crispin Ellison Bursary Awards as part of our mission to do all we can to support the sector and its fundraisers.

We want to thank every person and organisation that took the time to enter and share their great work with us and of course, our panel of judges for their commitment to the Awards.

Huge congratulations to the winners! We’re excited to see what comes next in their journey through the wonderful world of legacies!

If you have ideas for other ways you think we could help you, we’re always keen to hear from you.