Giving a Legacy to St Thomas'

St Thomas’ Church Hanwood, Parish Legacy Policy

All churches rely on donations to pay for the repair, maintenance, and running costs of the church buildings and towards the cost of having a parish Priest. At St Thomas’ Church Hanwood we welcome all gifts in Wills, however large or small, for every gift makes a difference and is a strong affirmation of a person’s love and desire to see the mission and ministry of the church continue in this place. So please do think about leaving a legacy to our church.

Gifts in memoriam can also be a wonderful and

appropriate way to remember a loved one.

We ask that all gifts are left for the general purposes of the parish rather than for a restricted purpose, as needs change over time. We will acknowledge gifts in whatever way you and/or your executors feel most appropriate too. Equally, we can make sure that gifts remain anonymous if you prefer.

If you would like to talk to someone in confidence about the sorts of purposes your gift might fund, or how to do it then please contact the Rector, Revd Graham Phillips, on 01743 861003 or email at revgrahamphillips@gmail.com.

Here is some guidance on the suitable wording for a will or codicil:

Please remember that you should speak to a solicitor or other qualified person to ensure that important formalities are complied with and that your will is valid.

The sample wording that follows is suitable for including in your will should you wish to leave a legacy, your residuary estate or a share of your residuary estate to Hanwood PCC. Your residuary estate is what is left once any inheritance tax, other liabilities, administration expenses and legacies have been paid.

Sample wording for a gift:

“I wish to gift to Hanwood PCC the sum of (AMOUNT) and declare that the receipt in writing of the Rector or Treasurer of that charity shall be a good discharge to my executors.”

Sample wording for the residuary of your estate:

“I wish to leave the total of my residuary estate to Hanwood PCC and declare that the receipt in writing of the Rector or Treasurer of that charity shall be a good discharge to my executors.”

Further advice can be found at http://www.howtolaw.co/change-a-will-392161