Legacies fund a significant proportion of our work and we are extremely grateful to those who generously support us in this way. A Legacy is a gift in your Will that could have a long-lasting impact to a cause close to your heart. Leaving a gift to Brent Lodge Wildlife Hospital could help provide care and rehabilitation to sick, injured or orphaned birds and mammals with the aim to release wildlife back to their natural habitats.
Anything you leave to charity in your Will is free from Inheritance Tax. Deciding which type of gift you leave is important, here are a few examples.
A Pecuniary Gift is a fixed value. We benefit most when gifts are made for the general charitable purposes of the Charity. Your gift can then be used where it is most needed at the time we receive it.
A Residuary Gift is a percentage or share of your estate, once all other payments and gifts to loved ones have been considered. This is a popular gift because it keeps in line with inflation and does not lose value over time.
A Codicil Gift can easily be added if you already have a Will set up. You can download and complete our Codicil Form and keep it with your existing Will.
Your Will is personal and it is entirely your decision to leave a legacy to us. However, if you do choose to let us know we will be able to acknowledge your generosity. A pledge to a charity is not legally binding. We do therefore recommend you consult with a solicitor or expert legal advisor to discuss which type of gift would be best for you and to ensure the wording of your Will is correct, legal and valid.
Charities can sometimes benefit from changing their name or legal structure. It is important that you include a clause to ensure your gift is transferable, should we ever change our Charity name, number or merge in the future.
If you would like to know more about our work, our patients, and our impacts we would be happy to host a tour of the hospital so that you can see how your gift could make a difference to wildlife in our care.
We've partnered with FreeWills.co.uk to provide all our supporters with the opportunity to make their own fully comprehensive Will for FREE. You can make your personalised Will online in three simple steps, from the comfort of your own home and with live support from their Will specialists. Visit our Charity page for further details.
We appreciate that not everyone is in a position to leave a gift in their Will. Asking loved ones to make ‘In Memoriam’ donations instead of accepting gifts, flowers or traditional tokens is also a wonderful way to celebrate someone’s life, and enables their love of wildlife to continue through our work.
A small one-off donation such as £1,000 could fund a small building project like this Patient Recovery Shed.
Larger gifts have previously funded 12 bird of prey enclosures - giving rehabilitating birds the space they need to recuperate prior to their release back to their natural habitats.
As little as 2% of an estate could help purchase vital equipment or additional medicines, food and animal care staff during a busy patient admission season.
Large gifts could help fund a significant portion of building projects. Previous large gifts have enabled us to fund this Patient Admissions Building - providing a veterinary and patient treatment area for some of our most critically sick and injured patients.
WITHOUT THE SUPPORT OF ANIMAL LOVERS WE WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO CONTINUE OUR WORK