Find out how you can help donkeys by leaving a legacy gift in your Will.

Donkeys in distress at home and around the world need our help. And in 20, 30 or 40 years time, it’s likely they’ll still need our help. Harshly treated donkeys, abandoned donkeys, wretched donkeys. They all need help.

Leaving a gift in your Will is a way of showing you care and want to help, and after showing you care for your family and friends and want to give them a helping hand, consider helping the donkeys by leaving a lasting gift in your will.

It doesn’t have to be a large sum to make a difference.

Leaving my legacy

Ann Toogood
Ann Toogood,

My family has a long standing tradition of supporting The Donkey Sanctuary. It all began with my father's two elderly aunts who were great donkey lovers, as was my mother and I've inherited a soft spot for donkeys from her.

Over the years I used to bring my parents down to visit the donkeys in Sidmouth and at Christmas we would adopt donkeys for the grandchildren of the family.

I've decided to leave The Donkey Sanctuary a bequest in my will. My family will come first, but then I'm planning to leave what's left to charity. It's important to me that the work of the sanctuary carries on and this is one way that I can help.

The commitment of The Donkey Sanctuary to give care and love to thousands of donkeys worldwide is something that I am proud to be associated with. However small my contribution, I am made to feel that 'every little bit helps'.

By getting involved now, the future can be safeguarded for these wonderful animals.

How to leave a legacy

If you wish to leave a legacy to The Donkey Sanctuary, you first have to decide the type of legacy you wish to leave. This can be a specific legacy, a pecuniary legacy or a residuary bequest.

It is helpful if bequests are made for the general charitable purposes of the charity as this means your gift can be spent where it is most needed at the time it is received.

In the case of The Donkey Sanctuary, you may, if you wish, specify that your bequest be used exclusively for our work in the UK, Europe or overseas.

Types of legacy

  • A specific legacy consists of a specific item of personal property
  • A pecuniary legacy consists of a specified sum of money
  • A residuary bequest is the residue of your estate, or a share of the residue, after your debts have been settled and any legacies you leave to other people have been paid.

A residuary bequest is generally of the greatest benefit to our charity as its value increases in line with inflation.

Adding to your existing Will

If you have already made your will, a bequest to our charity may be added to it by way of a Codicil.

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