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A gift in your Will for future generations

Children on bikes

Leaving a gift in your Will can benefit future generations in amazing ways

Larpool viaduct

The historic Larpool viaduct - this is a chance to put your name on a piece of history

Cyclists on a traffic free path

You can make positive and exciting ideas a reality for the next generation

Cycle path with sunset

Leaving a gift in your Will is a very special and enduring way to support Sustrans

Thank you for your interest in leaving a gift in your Will to Sustrans. We know that you’re as passionate as we are about creating an environment in which we can all incorporate walking and cycling into our daily lives for health, wealth and the sake of the planet. What better foundation can we lay for future generations?

Leaving a gift in your Will to Sustrans, large or small, will have a lasting impact on those who follow after you and build on what you’ve valued of our work.

Whether it’s the magnificent National Cycle Network, our work to get many thousands of schoolchildren on the move, or our community-led design projects to create more people-friendly neighbourhoods that you hold dear, with a gift in your Will you can make sure your passion lives on.

Letting us know about your special gift

If you've decided to leave Sustrans a gift in your Will please let us know by completing the form to the right. Above all we’d like to thank you but it’s also helpful to know so we don’t write to you unnecessarily.

To show our appreciation for your decision to give in this very special way we'd like to offer you a place on one of the thank you plaques we're fitting to three stunning viaducts we manage; Larpool in Yorkshire, North Water in Scotland and Hengoaed viaduct in Wales. Please tick the box on the form and we'll add your name to our unique roll call of givers.

Your questions answered

Below are answers to some of the questions you might have about leaving a gift in your Will. However if you would prefer to speak to someone at Sustrans about leaving a gift in your Will please contact Julian Hall.

Phone Julian Hall on 0117 915 0566 or email julian.hall@sustrans.org.uk

Types of gifts you might wish to consider

There are a number of different ways you can remember Sustrans in your Will, depending on your circumstances. It doesn’t have to be a large amount because every penny makes a difference.

You can leave a share of your assets

A good way to help is to leave a percentage of what is left of your estate or assets, after other gifts (and debts) have been paid. This is known as a residuary bequest. If you've already made a Will, but want to add a residuary gift, your solicitor can advise you on how you can do this without affecting the specific gifts you leave your family and friends. Also, inflation will not erode the value of residuary gifts over the years.

You can leave a fixed sum of money

You may wish to leave Sustrans a stated sum of money. This kind of gift is known as a pecuniary bequest.

You can leave a specific item of value

You may wish to leave Sustrans a particular item (known as a specific bequest) which can be sold to support our work. It could be property or an item of value such as an antique or a piece of jewellery.

How do I go about making or changing my Will?

The first step is to talk to a solicitor who can help you draw up your Will or change your existing Will.

One simple way of changing your existing Will is to use a codicil – an additional instruction that you can add to your existing Will. To help you, here is a codicil that you can download (PDF). Once completed, the codicil must be kept in a safe place together with your Will. 

Things to remember:

  1. As when making a Will you must sign your codicil in the presence of two adult witnesses.
  2. The completed codicil should be kept with your latest Will. It is recommended that a copy of your latest Will and codicil are kept with your solicitor and/or trusted family member or friend who are not executors, beneficiaries or their partners.

What wording should I use to leave a gift to Sustrans?

If you’re making a new Will your solicitor or other professional adviser will help you with the wording of your gift, but here are some examples of wording you might use:

Residuary gift

(The residue or part of the residue of an estate)

I give all/a share of (please state fraction/percentage) the residue of my estate absolutely to Sustrans of 2 Cathedral Square, College Green, Bristol BS1 5DD to be applied by Sustrans registered charity numbers 326550 (England and Wales) SCO39263 (Scotland) for its general charitable purposes, and I further direct that the receipt of the Hon. Treasurer or any other proper officer of Sustrans for the time being shall be sufficient discharge to my executors.

Pecuniary gift

(A fixed amount of money)

I give to Sustrans of 2 Cathedral Square, College Green, Bristol BS1 5DD to be applied by Sustrans registered charity numbers 326550 (England and Wales) SCO39263 (Scotland), absolutely, the sum of (amount in figures, amount in words) to be applied by Sustrans for its general charitable purposes, and I further direct that the receipt of the Hon. Treasurer or any other proper officer of Sustrans for the time being shall be sufficient discharge to my executors.

Specific gift

(A particular item)

I give to Sustrans of 2 Cathedral Square, College Green, Bristol BS1 5DD to be applied by Sustrans registered charity numbers 326550 (England and Wales) SCO39263 (Scotland), absolutely, (write in here whatever you wish to give) to be applied by Sustrans for its general charitable purposes, and I further direct that the receipt of the Hon. Treasurer or any other proper officer of Sustrans for the time being shall be sufficient discharge to my executors

How does a gift in my Will affect my tax position?

The money and assets left in your estate may be subject to Inheritance Tax (the rules for which can change). It may be of advantage to divide your estate so that your family and friends are left gifts below the tax threshold so do not have to pay Inheritance Tax. The remainder can then be shared between as many charities as you choose, since charities are exempt from paying this tax.

If you would like to speak to someone at Sustrans about leaving a gift in your Will please contact Julian Hall.

Phone Julian on 0117 915 0566 or email julian.hall@sustrans.org.uk