A Gift In Your Will

PLEASE LEAVE US A GIFT IN YOUR WILL

British Wildlife is amazing. Whether it’s a humble robin singing in the garden or a majestic red deer stag calling out in the woods, our native species are a much loved and important part of our lives. Our mission is to rehabilitate and release any hedgehog that finds itself in danger, whether injured or orphaned. We use our work to educate and inform so that everyone can join us in our mission to save the hedgehog.

After you’ve taken care of your loved ones, a gift to the South Devon Hedgehog Hospital in your Will is the perfect way to help wildlife and make sure it’s still around for future generations to enjoy. A gift in your Will could give the gift of freedom to wildlife.

 

How to leave a charity gift in your Will

Leaving a gift to the South Devon Hedgehog Hospital in your Will is straight-forward. No matter how big or small a gift, every pound we receive is invaluable, helping us to continue our work treating and rehabilitating injured, sick and orphaned animals so that they can be returned back to the wild, and educating children, the general public and veterinary professionals about caring for wildlife and our environment.

We always recommend consulting with a solicitor if you are looking to write or update a Will. You will need to provide them with the charity name, address, and registered charity number, in order to leave a gift to support South Devon Hedgehog Hospital’s work.

The following is a guideline only and should not replace legal advice you receive:

If you are writing a Will for the first time the following wording may be of assistance:

Leaving a specific amount of money or property to South Devon Hedgehog Hospital is called a pecuniary gift

A pecuniary gift or legacy allows you to specify a specific amount of money, a property or other items to be donated to charity. The wording for this type of gift would be as follows:

I give the sum of £____ (or x property/specific items) free of all taxes to South Devon Hedgehog Hospital (Registered Charity Number 1182659) of (Registered Charity Office) 19, Weavers Way, Kingskerswell, Newton Abbot, Devon TQ12 5HY to be applied to its general charitable purposes and I declare that the receipt of the Chief Executive or other proper officer shall be a full and sufficient discharge for the same.

Leaving a residual gift

A residual gift or legacy enables you to choose – once your affairs have been settled and specific pecuniary gifts distributed – what percentage of the remainder of your estate is given to a particular charity. The wording for this type of gift would be as follows:

I give all (or x percentage share) of my residuary estate free of all taxes to South Devon hedgehog Hospital (Registered Charity Number 1182659) of 19, Weavers Way, Kingskerswell, Newton Abbot, Devon TQ12 5HY to be applied to its general charitable purposes and I declare that the receipt of the Chief Executive or other proper officer shall be a full and sufficient discharge for the same.

Changing or updating your Will to leave a gift to a charity

Rather than updating your Will, it can be quicker and cheaper to add a codicil. A codicil is a document that is signed, witnessed and attached to your original Will, and allows you to make minor alterations to certain parts of your Will without the need to restart the Will-writing process.

This can be written with the help of your solicitor, or you can use a template to write your own, but it must always be given to the person responsible for executing your Will to ensure it is filed and acknowledged correctly. Please do not make changes to your Will by crossing out paragraphs or adding to it, because this might invalidate the Will.

If you have any questions or if you’d like to discuss how your gift will help, please contact us by email at [email protected]