Don't leave the future to chance
Wildlife needs Will power.
Include a gift in your Will for wildlife and protect our inheritance.
We're so lucky to have such wonderful wildlife and wild places across Northumberland, Newcastle and North Tyneside. A gift in your Will, no matter how large or small, means that the wildlife and landscapes that inspire you today can be enjoyed and experienced by future generations forever. And it costs you nothing during your lifetime.
Everyone should make a Will, even if you think your estate is of little value, as it is the only way to ensure that your property and possessions go to those you wish after your death. If you do not leave a Will, it can cause a great deal more work for relatives at an already stressful time. Once you’ve made a Will, it is important for you to keep it up-to-date as life changes, such as marriage or the arrival of grandchildren, as these things may affect your wishes.
Once you have looked after your family and friends, please think about leaving a gift to Northumberland Wildlife Trust. This could not be more important than now, as we're faced with a real crisis and potential loss of charitable donations due to the Covid-19 virus outbreak.
Get in touch to find out more
As a result of the outbreak, the Trust offices are closed but some staff continue to work from home so you can still email us and we'll try to help as promptly as we can. Please contact Elizabeth Lovatt by email at firstname.lastname@example.org We really appreciate your patience during this time.
Your legacy counts
Many people understand that leaving a gift to Northumberland Wildlife Trust is a meaningful way of making a lasting commitment to the wildlife and places that they love. Since our formation in 1971, we have received in excess of £2 million in legacies, which makes a huge difference to our work. A gift in your Will can mean the difference between saving a haven for wildlife and losing it forever.
Legacies have already helped us:
- Provide vital protection for local wildlife, landscapes and endangered species
- Manage nature reserves throughout the region
- Run events to educate and inspire schools, communities and individuals to care for their environment
- Engage volunteers in helping conserve local areas
How you could make a difference:
- £500 could buy pond dipping or survey equipment
- £1,000 could enable volunteers to install otter holts
- £5,000 could pay for paths, boardwalks and information for visitors to our reserves
- £10,000 could restore a wildflower meadow to its former glory
- £50,000 could help us to acquire an important wildlife site and save it from development, forever
- £250,000 could provide match funding to build a new visitor centre
There has been an increase during the Covid-19 crisis, of people who are considering making a Will or updating their existing Will. There are solicitors who are continuing to work currently so we recommend contacting them via email to understand their specific situations. They will also be able to advise if there options to work around the witnessing of Wills when we're currently required to socially isolate.
As always we recommend, that you talk to a professional. If you do wish to include us in an existing will, you will need to complete a codicil form with your solicitor to ensure your wishes are clear and legally correct. To help with this process you can download and print a copy of our suggested wording to be verified by your solicitor and included in your Will. To include us in your new Will, or add us to your existing Will, your solicitor will need the following details:
Charity name: Northumberland Wildlife Trust
Charity number: 221819
Charity address: Garden House, St Nicholas Park, Jubilee Road, Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE3 3XT
Prior to the current crisis, a number of solicitors in the region were able to offer our supporters generous discounts on professional Will writing, whether you choose to include our charity or otherwise. We recommend contacting them directly to understand if remains an option in the present situation.
Brumell & Sample - 50% discount
15 Bridge Street, Morpeth, Northumberland, NE61 1NX
Hadaway & Hadaway - 10% discount
58 Howard Street, North Shields, Tyne & Wear, NE30 1AL
0191 257 0382
Tait Farrier Graham - 20% discount
16 Regent Terrace, Gateshead, Tyne & Wear, NE8 1LU
0191 490 0108
Adam Douglas Legal - 50% discount
Market Place, Alnwick, Northumberland, NE66 1HP
Types of gift
There are three main ways that you can leave a gift in your Will:
A share of your estate
This is a gift of all or part of the value of your estate after debts, other legacies and liabilities are met.
A specific sum
This is when you choose to leave a specific sum (also known as a pecuniary gift), which you can arrange to be increased in line with inflation.
A specific item
This is when you give a specific item such as a painting, books, jewellery, land, stock and shares or property.
However you choose to remember Northumberland Wildlife Trust, you can be safe in the knowledge that your gift will be used in the best possible way to secure a positive future for wildlife in the region. From April 2012, any estate which bequeaths at least 10% of its value to a charitable or cultural cause will enjoy a reduction in inheritance tax, from 40% to 36%, benefitting everybody you include in your Will.
The positive impact of the Trust on Northumberland's wildlife is truly amazing, but there is always work to do to protect our beautiful county - please think about leaving something to help.NWT member since 1986
A gift in memory
Many people prefer to make a donation 'in memoriam' or in lieu of flowers at a funeral - a positive way to say goodbye. Gifts such as these ensure that our nature reserves and the species that depend on them continue to thrive and provide a living memorial to the person that you love. You may even wish to donate to a specific project area that was important to your loved one. One option is to set up a Virgin Money Giving fund which friends and family can donate to.
Get in touch to find out more
Elizabeth Lovatt, email@example.com
Our promise to you...
We recognise your loved ones come first in your Will.
We will treat you fairly and we won’t intrude on your privacy.
- We will never ask you the size or type of your legacy, because every gift makes a difference.
- We understand that circumstances change and there may be a time where you need to take Northumberland Wildlife Trust out of your Will.
- We promise to use your gift wisely, in line with your wishes.
- We will treat any information you provide to us as confidential.
"When my husband, Clive, received a terminal diagnosis in the summer of 2005, we decided to try to visit as many of his favourite locations as we could before he became too ill.
One of his favourite local spots was the Trust’s Hauxley reserve because of the variety of habitats, but especially because of the views across the water from the hides. We made several visits over the following months and, it was during one such trip that he commented that some of the hides were a little old and tired and asked me to donate enough money for a new hide after his death.
He died just before Christmas 2005 so I donated and Gift Aided the money to the Trust early in 2006. The new hide replaced the old Tern hide in 2007.
When I visited the reserve some weeks later, I met a bird watcher in the new hide who enthused about how many species she had seen at Hauxley from the comfort of the new construction; I was very pleased to her hear that and I am sure Clive would have been too."
Sue Bishop, Marketing Volunteer