What is a legacy?
A legacy is either money or an item that is left to someone, or an organisation, when somebody dies.
How can I leave a legacy?
The best way to do this is by making a Will in which you specify what you wish to leave and to whom. Just telling someone or an organisation that you are going to leave them an amount or a gift when you die is not enough. Your wishes need to be clearly set out on paper (preferably in a Will) so that those you leave behind can follow them easily.
How to make a Will
There are various ways you can make a Will:
- Consult a Solicitor.
- Contact a Will making company.
- Download a blank Will form from the internet.
The details you will need to leave a gift/legacy to the Trust are:
Barn Owl Trust, Waterleat, Ashburton, Devon TQ13 7HU and our registered charity number: 299 835
Already made a Will?
If you already have a Will and wish to leave the Trust a legacy, you can simply add a Codicil to your existing Will. A solicitor can advise you on this.
Why we need your legacy
Legacies are an extremely important part of our income. They provide us with funds to carry out our educational and conservation work and run our sanctuary. Over recent years legacies have allowed us to lead by example and practice what we preach. Each legacy we receive is recorded with a leaf on our Memory Tree.
What we have done with legacies
In 2001 our first large legacy came from Vivien Lennon. We used this to purchase land (26 acres) adjoining our offices and created the Lennon Legacy Project (LLP) which we manage for Barn Owls and other wildlife.
Legacies from Major Charles Oakley and Florence Parsons enabled us to add two large ponds, the Oakley Pond and the Flo Pond, to the LLP, increasing the biodiversity of the site.
Our Wildlife Tower was constructed in 2010 in memory of Friend of the Trust, John Woodland. It now provides a home for a variety of insects, amphibians, bats and birds.
Following a legacy from Norman Alderson we were able to build a much needed Meeting Room in 2011. In 2012, a legacy from Peggy May Fullman provided an array of Solar Panels. These generate some of the electricity we use and also raise funds for the Trust.
Where there is a Will there is a way….
Legacies help us to plan ahead and take on major projects – habitat improvement in areas where Barn Owls are struggling to survive due to lack of food and places to nest; educational resources for both adults and children; research projects to improve our understanding of the species… the list goes on. There are so many things we’d like to do if the funding were available.Leaving a legacy to the Trust is a very worthwhile way to make a difference and to be remembered in years to come. This is, after all, a final opportunity to have a positive influence on the heritage we leave for future generations.
Make a donation in Memoriam
Many people now ask their families and friends to make a donation to charity rather than send flowers at a funeral. You may like to suggest that donations are made to the Barn Owl Trust in your memory.
Each legacy or donation to the Trust is marked with a leaf on our Memory Tree. This beautiful nine foot wooden tree is a constant reminder of all those that have remembered the Trust with a legacy or for whom we have received donations in memoriam.