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Whether you’re making a Will for the first time or simply
changing an existing will, it’s easier than you might think to leave us a
We know that your first
priority when making a will is to provide for your loved ones, but many
people find that even after they’ve done this they can leave something to a
cause they hold dear.
a gift in your will to a charity like the Aeron Vale Allotments Trust is one of
the most valuable and lasting ways you can support us. It costs nothing
during your lifetime but will have a powerful impact for years to come. A
small 1 - 2 acre field could provide food and a healthy past time for
hundreds, possibly thousands of people in the future.
Of course, family and friends must be your first
priority. But you can also leave a gift to the next generation – and many
generations to come – when you remember our work. No gift is too small to
make a lasting difference – we are grateful for every act of generosity and
every penny we receive.
A small gift from you could be the
deciding factor in whether we can establish another allotment site, where a
community can grow it's own fresh, healthy food. You may help a poor family
to get the chance to have a healthy outdoor lifestyle, whilst producing food
for themselves and their children. By distributing our crops amongst impoverished and handicapped pensioners
along with the socially deprived and those with genuine welfare needs in our
communities means they can have FREE fresh produce. Food Banks can be topped up with
fresh, home grown produce from allotment plots. All of that is possible when
you give us the opportunity - with your gift in the form of a legacy - to provide the basic things needed to support those
with physical, mental and welfare needs in our society.
It’s a common myth that only the rich and famous leave
money to charity when they die. This couldn’t be any further from the truth.
The reality is that without gifts left in Wills by people like you, many
charities like the Aeron Vale Allotments Trust wouldn’t even exist.
You can leave
us a gift as a legacy so that our work can continue into the future. First,
make sure that your friends, family and loved ones are taken care of. If you
then wish to share what's left, you can donate from 1% of an estate to 100%
or anything else left over after other gifts have been made.
Your Will lets you decide what happens to your money,
property and possessions after you pass away.
If you make a Will you can also make sure you don’t pay
more Inheritance Tax than you need to.
Anything you leave to charity is free of Inheritance Tax so it can be a
useful way of reducing your Inheritance Tax bill, while benefiting a good
cause. Don't forget, If you leave without a
Will, the law says who gets what!
You can write your Will yourself, but you should get
legal advice, for example from Citizens Advice, or a solicitor - to make
sure your will is interpreted in the way you intended. In this technological
age you can even write a Will from the comfort of your computer chair! Click
on the graphics on either side of this paragraph for more info .
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Finally you need to get your Will formally witnessed and
signed to make it legally valid. You should note, that you can’t leave your witnesses (or their
married partners) anything in your will.
If you want to update your will, you need to make an
official alteration (called a ‘codicil’) or make a new will. You can’t amend
your will after it’s been signed and witnessed. The only way you can change
a will is by making an official alteration called a codicil. You must sign a
codicil and get it witnessed in the same way as witnessing a Will.
Example wording that you, or your Will writer can insert
in the document:
“I give the sum
of £- (or specify a percentage of your estate, a gift or possibly e.g. the
Land Registry field number reference if you intend to leave us a field for
allotment plot gardens) to Ymddiriedolaeth Rhandiroedd Dyffryn Aeron (Aeron
Vale Allotments Trust) at Ael-y-Môr, 17 Rhiwgoch, Aberaeron, Ceredigion.
SA46 0HR (registered charity number 1166320) for its general purposes and I
declare that the receipt of the Trust's treasurer or other proper officer of
the said Aeron Vale Allotments Trust for the time being shall be a full and
sufficient discharge for the said legacy.”
So, you don’t have to be rich and famous to make a
contribution that can make a difference to us. We can all do something
amazing for the world, by remembering our favourite cause when making a