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Legacies are a lifeline for charities

9 September, 2013 - 12:21 -- World Land Trust
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River landscape image of the Sid Templer Reserve. © WLT.

Legacies are a lifeline for charities and Remember A Charity in your Will Week is an opportunity to focus on what is important to you and what you want to safeguard for the future.

Gifts in wills offer vital funding for charities, providing almost £2billion for British charities each year. This sounds like a lot of money but, although 74 per cent of people in Britain support a charity in their lifetime, only 7 per cent make a charitable donation in their will.

During Remember A Charity in your Will Week, which starts on 9 September, World Land Trust and other charities will be encouraging people to find out more about gifts in wills.

WLT encourages all members of the public to contact their favourite charities to find out how to leave a lasting legacy. Remembering a charity in your will is a straightforward process, which can sometimes lead to inheritance tax advantages. 

Over the years, legacies have made a significant contribution to WLT’s mission to purchase and protect critically threatened land of high biodiversity value. In 2006, for example, WLT was able to work with overseas project partners in Paraguay to create a nature reserve in the Chaco Pantanal thanks to a legacy from the estate of Suffolk business man Sid Templer, who for many years had business interests in the Halesworth area, where WLT is based. 

If you are thinking of leaving a donation to WLT in your will, or would like more information, please contact John Burton, Chief Executive, by phone 01986 874422 or by email, or write to him at WLT, Blyth House, Bridge Street, Halesworth IP19 8AB. 

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