Leave a legacy

Your legacy income plays a key part in securing the future of the beautiful buildings in our care.

Throughout history, churches have been the life-blood of British society. They provide spaces of quiet contemplation and solace in a busy world and inspiration and a vital connection to those before us. Yet as regular church attendances dwindle and 30 parish churches close each year, these historic buildings are slipping out of our collective consciousness.

We need your support if we are to continue to meet the enormous challenges that lie ahead. Public funding, key to protecting churches over the past forty years, is now in sharp decline, meaning we have come to rely upon voluntary donations more than ever.

Remembering us in your Will

Whilst many people have a special interest in a particular aspect of our work, or a favourite church, most recognise that leaving their bequest to our general endowment fund will make the most effective use of their valuable gift.

This is incredibly important to us as it gives us the flexibility to direct funds where the need is the greatest at the time. Not all our future needs can be envisaged today, as priorities and work may change over time.

For this purpose we would suggest that you indicate that your gift should be made to:

The Board of Trustees of The Churches Conservation Trust, Society Building, 8 All Saints Street, London, N1 9RL (registered charity number 258612) for its general purposes.

For more information about leaving us a gift in your Will or to request a copy of our Legacy leaflet, call us on 0800 206 1463 or email us.

Simple steps to making your Will

The following provides 6 simple steps to making your Will. For professional advice and guidance, please consult your solicitor or bank.

  1. Appoint a professional advisor – this is usually a solicitor, although your bank may also be able to offer advice.
  2. Assess the value of your estate – your professional advisor will be able to help you with this. It should be the estimated sum total of your property, possessions and money at the end of your lifetime, minus any outstanding loans or mortgages that you may have.
  3. Decide who you want to benefit from your Will - once you have provided for loved ones, you may decide to leave a legacy to a charity or cause close to your heart such as the CCT. Giving to a charity may even help to reduce the Inheritance Tax payable on your estate.
  4. Choose an executor to ensure that the wishes in your Will are carried out – your executor(s) can be a professional advisor, a friend or a relative. Many people choose to have a number of executors (the maximum is four) to share responsibilities. An executor can be a named beneficiary in your Will.
  5. Keep your Will up to date – changes in your personal circumstances may make your Will out of date, so it is good to review it from time to time to make sure it continues to reflect your wishes. If the changes are straightforward you can make a Codicil – a simple document that alters an existing Will. Your professional advisor will be able to help you with this.
  6. Keep your Will safe – it is advisable to entrust the original will to your solicitor and to keep a copy at home. Tell your executor where it can be found.

You can visit the Remember A Charity website to find a solicitor in your local area, who will be able to advise you on leaving gifts to charities when making a Will