by Tom Marshall
Leaving a gift in your will is one of the most valuable and meaningful ways you can help local wildlife. From the species-rich Irish Sea, through the Lancashire Plains, our towns and cities and rising upto the Pennines, we provide a home for an astounding amount of wildlife...
Your local legacy
Legacies received by the Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester and North Merseyside have helped to fund work to restore habitat and breeding sites for many endangered species including red squirrel, water vole, bittern and kingfisher.
We work to protect species and habitats which are under threat and gifts in wills, of any size, can help with this work.
After you’ve remembered your friends and family, leaving a gift in your will, to the Trust, no matter how small, could help to create a new nature reserve for wild creatures to colonise and for people to enjoy. It can support our work to educate and empower local communities to take action for wildlife.
By leaving us a legacy, you can help many more generations to have opportunities to be inspired and to make their own journey of discovery into the natural world.
Your Questions Answered
What if I can’t afford to leave much to charities?
After thinking of family and friends you may with to leave a small percentage of the ‘residue’ of your estate for causes important to you. Residuary bequests guard against inflation and can grow over time.
"It is important to me that future generations will be able to enjoy wildlife as much as I have. I feel it is upto us to leave that legacy"
Geoff Higginbottom, who has chosen to leave a gift to The trust in his will.
Are there other types legacy to consider?
People typically choose between three types of gift
- Residuary – a share or percentage of the net estate once taxes, specific bequests and costs have been paid.
- Pecuniary – a fixed sum of money. Inflation will affect the value of the gift, so you may wish to update your will periodically.
- Specific – a specific item or asset e.g. a painting, jewellery, or shares.
Are there any tax benefits?
Yes, legacy gifts to The Lancashire Wildlife Trust are exempt from inheritance tax, so the full value of your gift will go straight to wildlife conservation.
Do I need to use a solicitor?
Whether you’re writing or changing your will, you should always talk to a solicitor to ensure your will is legally correct and your wishes are clear.
What information does the solicitor need?
You will need to supply our full name and address (see below) and our registered charity number (229325), along with the percentage or amount you wish to leave as a gift.
Should I let you know about my plans?
If you wish to let us know of your intentions to leave a gift in your will, this can help the Trust with future planning and allow us to acknowledge your generosity.
We're here when you are ready to talk. If you would like to speak to someone about leaving a gift, we'd be happy to hear from you. Thank you.
The Lancashire Wildlife Trust
T: 01772 324 129
Gladys's gift for the future
Gladys Sandiford's generosity means that Lancashire Wildlife Trust can continue to conserve and protect the landscape she enjoyed so much.
Gladys and her husband Walter enjoyed the outdoors and her love of nature continued after Walter dies in 1986. She joined the Wildlife Trust in 1988 and was a member for 11 years.
She continued to make annual donations until her death in 2012 at the age of 95. The money that Gladys left to the Wildife Trust means future generations will benefit and get as much pleasure from the natural world as she did.
Remembering Kathleen and Neil
Kathleen and Neil were members of the Wildlife Trust for almost 27 years and Kathleen had also been a frequent volunteer.
Kathleen and Neil who passed away in October 2011 and March 2012 respectively aged 90 and 91, left a legacy to the Trust which will help us to continue vital work in protecting local wildlife for future generations.