World Land Trust (WLT) has received a legacy of £70,000 from a benefactor who had never before made a donation to the Trust.
She researched his request on the internet and found World Land Trust. When Clive had confirmed that WLT was the charity that he wanted to support, Ruth acted on his wishes.
“We are very grateful to Clive Lamberton for remembering World Land Trust in his will,” said John Burton, WLT Chief Executive. “Legacies are becoming increasingly important to the charity and have helped the Trust purchase and protect land of high biodiversity value. Although we receive very generous support from donors, legacies can make a significant difference and help us to be more forward looking in identifying and protecting threatened tropical forest and other wildlife habitat.”
Mr Lamberton named the Trust as his sole beneficiary. Decisions about how to allocate the funds will be taken in the autumn when WLT’s conservation staff allocate funds in response to requests from programme partners.
In recent years legacies to WLT have had far-reaching effects, although they represent less than 5 per cent of the Trust’s annual income.
For example, in 2005 a legacy from the estate of Suffolk business man Sid Templer enabled WLT to purchase a property in the Chaco-Pantanal of Paraguay that was the starting point for the creation of a much bigger reserve. Now safeguarding 35,000 acres (more than 14,000 hectares), the Chaco-Pantanal Reserve is a safe haven for endemic and endangered animals including Giant Otter, Giant Anteater, Giant Armadillo as well as Jaguar, Ocelot and Puma.
WLT is a member of Remember a Charity which campaigns to raise the profile of charitable legacies. In 2014, Remember A Charity in your Will Week takes place from 8–14 September. During the week WLT and other charities across the country will be encouraging supporters to consider leaving a gift to charity in their will.