Leave a legacy

A gift in your will can help keep the heart of our communities alive for generations to come.

Our collection of over 350 historic churches, which span the length and breadth of England, includes irreplaceable examples of history, art and architecture from 1,000 years of English history, welcoming 2 million visitors per year.

These are the most democratic of historic building types, telling important stories of local, national and international significance. They are oases of peace and spaces of discovery inviting new experiences, memories and history to be made.

Remembering us in your Will can help save our nation’s historic churches

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 0800 206 1463 or email us at legacies@thecct.org.uk. 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 simple steps to making your Will. 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.

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.