Steph Watson, Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust fundraising officer stresses how important gifts in wills are to the trust
Writing a will is one of the most important things you will ever do. After you’ve taken care of your loved ones, we’d love you to take a moment and think about including a charity that is important to you.
Many people already leave a gift to charity in their will, but September’s Remember a Charity Week (September 7–13) is an opportunity to thank these living legends, and spread the word about how important these generous gifts are to us and all charities.
So much of our work at Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust has been made possible by gifts in wills over the last fifty years. Some gifts have helped us to purchase land like Sandown Meadows on the Isle of Wight.
Gifts in wills, whatever the size, make a real impact for wildlife and help us protect our fantastic local wild spaces through buying land and equipment or employing skilled staff to manage and protect it in the best way for wildlife.
For example, a gift left by someone who loved to visit our Farlington Marshes reserve was used to purchase a telescope which now helps other people see and experience the fabulous nature that he loved so much. At Winnall Moors similar gifts have helped buy essential equipment to manage the reserve, educational materials to help pass on a love of nature to the next generation and even a small boat to facilitate access to the deeper streams for water vole and otter surveys.
Our region has some truly beautiful places to live and work. On the mainland the landscapes stretches from the ancient woodlands of the New Forest, across open chalk downland to the wildlife rich heathlands of North Hampshire.
The Isle of Wight has its population of red squirrels and a wide range of habitats all bounded by beautiful coastline.
These natural landscapes in which we live and work are so precious, but they are also vulnerable. Over the last 100 years so many wildlife-rich areas have vanished.
We at Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust are working hard to protect what remains.
Without gifts left in wills, large or small, many charities wouldn’t be able to do such amazing work and some wouldn’t even exist.
Charitable legacies are the foundation for causes like ours and are vital in continuing our work.
A gift in your will to Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust is the greatest gift you can give to local wildlife, and one that will never be forgotten.