Over the years, gifts in wills have made a significant contribution to World Land Trust's (WLT) mission to purchase and protect land of high biodiversity value. During Remember A Charity in your Will Week (9-15 September), WLT and other charities encourage people to find out more about gifts in wills.
Gifts in wills help create nature reserves
The Sid Templer Reserve in Paraguay was made possible as the result of a legacy from the Sid Templer estate in 2005. In the Chaco-Pantanal region, the reserve covers 8,650 acres (3,600 hectares) and is home to many endemic and endangered species including three giants (Giant Otter, Giant Armadillo and Giant Anteater) and two big cats (Jaguar and Puma).
In Ecuador, gifts in memory of Christopher Parsons OBE, producer of Life on Earth and former Head of the BBC Natural History Unit, enabled WLT to fund the creation of a reserve adjoining the existing Tapichalaca Reserve in Ecuador.
The Christopher Parsons Rainforest Reserve protects species such as Spectacled Bear, Ocelot and Jaguar, as well as an astonishing variety of birds and orchids. A river running through the southern border of the reserve was found to be unnamed, and this was subsequently registered as the Quebrada (river) Christopher Parsons. It is one of the most westerly tributaries of the Amazon river system.
Legacies are a charity lifeline
Gifts in wills are a lifeline for charities and in Britain legacies provide almost £2 billion for charity each year. This sounds like a lot of money but, in actual fact, only 7 per cent of people in Britain make a charitable donation in their will.
WLT has been very grateful for legacy donations over the years. Between 2008 and 2012 the charitable income from gifts in wills averaged 1.25 per cent and we hope that we can encourage supporters to help us build on these figures. We hope to raise more awareness of our urgent work and Remember A Charity in your Will week gives us an opportunity to highlight what a legacy can achieve through WLT’s long term conservation activities.
If you are thinking about leaving a donation to WLT in your will, or would like more information, please contact John Burton, WLT Chief Executive, by phone (01986 874422) or by email (firstname.lastname@example.org). Or you can write to him at WLT, Blyth House, Bridge Street, Halesworth IP19 8AB.