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Wildlife needs Willpower!

Imagine leaving a gift that could truly last for generations, a gift that means your generosity can allow others to enjoy Surrey’s wildlife and wild places for the future - just like you do now.

Leaving a legacy in your Will to Surrey Wildlife Trust could make that difference.

Every single gift in your Will, however large or small, counts. At Surrey Wildlife Trust we’ve been dedicated to looking after wildlife locally for more than 50 years, so you can be sure that every penny you choose to leave in our care will be well invested in future wildlife conservation.

Making a Will for wildlife

You don’t have to be wealthy to leave a gift to charity. We appreciate every single gift however big or small.

Making a Will is the only way to make sure your wishes are carried out after your death. Naturally, when thinking about your Will, you’ll want to make sure your loved ones are looked after in your Will. Then you may want to think about leaving a proportion to those charities close to your heart. We recommend you get advice about your Will from a professional Will writer such as a solicitor.

What a legacy could help us do

✓ Continue supporting the recovery of some of our rarest species.

✓ Care for our nature reserves and help others manage their land in a wildlife friendly way.

✓ Inspire young people about the natural world through our education activities.

✓ Stand up for wildlife across planning and policy so that nature is not taken for granted.

✓ Support our work across the county to create a Living Landscape.

How to include a legacy gift in your will 

How to include a legacy gift in your will

Your Will writer will need to know our charity full name and address – Surrey Wildlife Trust, School Lane, Pirbright, Woking, Surrey GU24 0JN – as well as our Registered Charity Number 208123. You will also need to have thought about the percentage of the residue (residual) or the amount of money (pecuniary) you wish to leave the Trust. You can also leave a specific item such as land.

Already made your Will? 

If you already have a Will and wish to add a charitable gift it is usually easy to do this using a form called a codicil. We do recommend using a solicitor for this to make sure it doesn’t inadvertently change any other arrangements in your Will.

Inheritance tax 

Gifts to charity are tax-free. If you leave a legacy to Surrey Wildlife Trust the value of the legacy is deducted from your estate before inheritance tax is calculated. This means your gift not only benefits the Trust, it can also reduce your liability to inheritance tax. 

Did you know… Since April 2012 the rate of Inheritance Tax has been reduced from 40% to 36% on those estates that leave at least 10% of their value to charitable causes.

Our promise to you 

✓ We recognise your loved ones come first in your will. 

✓ We will treat you fairly and answer any questions honestly. 

✓ You don’t have to tell us if you have remembered us in your Will – we respect your right to privacy. 

✓ We understand that circumstances change and there may be a time where you need to take the Wildlife Trust out of your will. 

✓We promise to use your gift wisely, in line with your wishes.

Children exploring wood in spring

© Tom Marshall

I’m sure that, like me, you’re concerned about the future of our planet. You too share a belief that it is important that we leave a thriving natural world for future generations to know and enjoy. That is why making a Will is one of the most important jobs any of us has to do.
Sir David Attenborough

Get in touch

To talk to someone in confidence about leaving a gift in your Will to Surrey Wildlife Trust, please contact Grace Moran on 01483 795444 or email grace.moran@surreywt.org.uk

How we spend our money

We promise to spend your donations wisely

84p in every £1 is spent directly on nature conservation. 12p goes on securing extra funding for our work and 3p is spent on governance of the Trust.

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