Leaving a legacy

A substantial amount of our funding comes from people either remembering us in their will or holding a collection for us at their funeral. It is always a sombre discussion, but we have found a number of people who have gained comfort knowing that in their passing (or that of a loved one) they have helped others stay connected to their community by means of that little yellow memory stick that arrives each weekend.

There are a number of ways you can leave a gift to Witney Talking News:

You can put us in your will:

  • Either to receive a cash sum (pecuniary legacy)
    • Example:"I give to Witney Talking Newspaper (registered charity number 277434) the sum of [insert amount in words] and I express the wish (but without imposing any binding obligation) that such estate be used for the general purpose of the Witney Talking Newspaper."
  • Or to receive a share of your estate (residuary legacy)
    • Example:"I give to Witney Talking Newspaper (registered charity number 277434) [enter percentage] per cent of my residuary estate and I express the wish (but without imposing any binding obligation) that such estate be used for the general purpose of the Witney Talking Newspaper."

The above wording assumes that you would like us to use your gift towards our general running costs. If you'd like to make a legacy for a specific purpose we would ask that you contact us beforehand to ensure that your request is possible before seeking independent legal advice around the wording.

Alternatively you could ask that any collection at your funeral be given to Witney Talking News as a memorial donation. You could write this into your will or you could plan this with your family or funeral director if you have given advance instruction.

Lastly we would please ask that you make your family aware of your wishes as this saves any difficult or upsetting conversations when your instructions are implemented.

In order to protect the privacy of our donors and their families we normally keep all such gifts strictly confidential (save what must legally be published in our accounts).

If you'd like to discuss any of this with us, please get in touch using our contact page and choose the donations option.

Thank you.

Please Note: We cannot give you legal advice, and we cannot guarantee that the wording here will be foolproof as it will depend to some degree on your circumstances and the rest of your will. If you are in any doubt please seek independent legal advice either through a solicitor or from the Citizens Advice Bureau.
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