CHARITY bosses at Concern have expressed their regret for sending out letters to donors - some of whom may be ill - to make a donation to the charity in their will.
The letter, sent out in the past week, asked the recipients to let the charity know of their "legacy intentions". An addressed reply envelope was enclosed, for people to include the "gift".
A Concern spokesperson told independent.ie this morning that the charity never intended to cause offence or be insensitive to any letter recipients.
"Of course it's regrettable that a person got the letter when they were ill. We'd have no way of knowing the health status of a person when we're sending out the mail."
"It's a regular mailing that we do, there is a campaign called 'my legacy' and there's another one called 'the best will in the world' and we often mail donors at that time."
One man is believed to have been upset when his sick wife received the letter in the past week, the spokesperson said. Concern are now asking the man to contact them, so they can strike his wife off this mailing list.
"We had no intention of causing offence to anyone... The person can contact us and we can make sure that they won't get the mail again."
"We do have a person to contact included on the letter, and people can give their feedback to us."
"It's a very sensitive topic," the spokesperson said.
"We do get legacies every year; you never know if someone has included you in a will until the will was read out."
The international charity tackles poverty in the developing world, and appeals to donors regularly to help them in the fight against poverty.