Leave a legacy

Churches have been at the centre of our lives for centuries past and with your support will be for centuries to come.

One of the most impactful ways you can support our work is by kindly remembering us in your will. All legacy donations, regardless of size, play an important role in stewarding our buildings for the next generation. If you wish to support the CCT and save our heritage, please consider a gift in your will once your family and friends have been looked after.

While you may have a special interest in a particular aspect of our work, or a favourite church, most supporters recognise that leaving an unrestricted gift for general purposes will have the greatest effect. Unrestricted gifts are incredibly important as it gives us the flexibility to direct funds where the need is greatest at the time. Not all of our future needs can be envisaged today, as priorities and work may change over time.

If you would like more information about leaving us a gift in your will, please call us on 0207 841 0404 or email us at [email protected]. We would also be pleased to hear from you if are intending to or already have pledged a gift in your will to the CCT.

Below are some frequently asked questions on leaving a gift in your will to the CCT and some simple steps to making your will. 

Leaving a gift in your will FAQs

Here are the answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about leaving a gift in a will. However, if there’s anything else you’d like to know, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We’d be happy to help.


Why is having a will so important?
Making a will and keeping it up to date is the only way you can be sure your wishes will be taken care of properly in the future. 

How do gifts in wills help the CCT?
Gifts in wills play a tremendous role in our work: from helping us to complete vital conservation projects to enabling us to work with communities, ensuring these buildings are kept in use and able to bring people together. Recently unrestricted gifts in wills have enabled us to undertake vital conservation work at St Stephens, Fylingdales, an extraordinary example of a 19th century fisherman’s church.


What type of gift can I leave?
There are several different ways to leave the CCT a gift in your will. Most gifts we receive are residual gifts or pecuniary gifts. A residual gift is the gift of all or part of the net residue of your estate, after all liabilities, taxes, legacies and administrative expenses have been met. This gift is particularly simple as you neither have to quantify a sum nor worry about inflation when you draw up your will. As many of us are also aware of unknown future costs, a residual legacy provides assurance that costs and family commitments are met first. 

A pecuniary gift is a simple form of legacy that allows you to give a specific sum of money.

Can I leave a gift to a specific church?
Many gifts we receive are for general purposes which is helpful as it gives us the flexibility to direct funds where the need is greatest at the time however we also welcome legacies for specific churches or projects. If you are considering a gift of this kind please get in touch with us. 


Can I talk to someone about leaving a gift in my will?
Of course. For an informal and confidential conversation about making a gift in your will please contact Emily Ding, Fundraising Officer by email: [email protected] or phone 0207 841 0404. 


Where should gifts be made to and what is your registered charity number?

We would recommend that gifts are made to:
The Board of Trustees
The Churches Conservation Trust
Society Building
8 All Saints Street, London
N1 9RL 
(registered charity number 258612)

How can I change my will to include a gift to the CCT?
If you already have a will you can attach a simple codicil to it. A codicil is a document used to make simple amendments to your existing will such as adding a charity, changing a gift amount, or adding an executor. 

How can making a charitable gift reduce inheritance tax liability?
If charitable bequests total 10% of your net estate (this can be an accumulation of gifts to a range of charities) you could reduce any inheritance tax liability from 40% to 36%

How do you record and acknowledge gifts?
Every gift, however large of small, makes a valued difference to us and we are incredibly grateful if you are considering remembering us in this way. We would love the opportunity to show our gratitude and thank you for your support by listing you in our Annual Review, alongside our sponsors, patrons and donors; sending you regular copies of Pinnacle, our members magazine; keeping you updated with our monthly newsletter and inviting you to exclusive events.

I am an executor – who should I contact?
Please contact Emily Ding, Fundraising Officer by email: [email protected] or phone: 0207 841 0404.

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.