A lasting legacy

Leaving a legacy in your will is one of the best ways of ensuring that we can continue our valuable work. We are the only guinea pig rescue in Kent and nearly all of our work is paid for by donations. A gift in your will, however small or large, can help ensure we can always be here for guinea pigs, protecting them and giving them the chance of a new life in a loving home. If they come to us having endured fear or trauma we can help them rebuild their trust and begin a new life.

The charity is on a firm financial footing and owes its success entirely to the hard work of Val Savage, who founded the charity. However, it is important that we plan for our future, and ensure that we are able to meet the challenges of the next decade and beyond. This will mean constructing a further building to house a fully functional office, laundry room, isolation area and recovery area as well as main drainage connection. It would also include paying for the training of volunteers to operate the clinic, and to continue Val’s pioneering work.

By making a Will you can ensure that your wishes, and the people and causes you care about, are provided for. By leaving a gift to April Lodge Guinea Pig Rescue in your Will you can shape the future, ensuring that we are always here for the guinea pigs that need us.

Things to consider

The process of actually making or amending a Will is relatively straightforward. Here are some of the things you may wish to consider:
If you decide to remember us in your Will, you may find it helpful to take this wording with you to your appointment with your professional advisor. They can then use it to incorporate your specific legal instructions into your Will.

General legacy to April Lodge Guinea Pig Rescue

“I give the sum of £_________(or specify percentage of estate) to April Lodge Guinea Pig Rescue (registered charity number 1121002 ) for its general purposes and I declare that the receipt of the honorary treasurer or other proper officer of the said April Lodge Guinea Pig Rescue for the time being shall be a full and sufficient discharge for the said legacy.”

A pecuniary gift:  This is the gift of a specified sum of money. It is worth bearing in mind that because of inflation the eventual value of this type of gift can be affected significantly over time.

A residuary gift: This is where you set aside a portion or all of your remaining estate, known as the residue (what is left over after the payment of debts, funeral expenses and the costs of the administration, and all the specific and other gifts in the Will have been paid) for, or to be divided between named beneficiaries such as your relations or a charity. The advantage of this type of gift is that its value is not affected by inflation.

A specific gift: This is where you leave a specific named item to a named beneficiary. This could be an item of jewellery, a work of art, a car or a property, etc.

We recommend that you always use a specialist advisor when making or updating a Will. They have the expertise to ensure that the wording clearly expresses your wishes and that it is legally valid. Before your appointment it can be very useful to make two lists. One of these should be of your assets, things like property, shares and objects of value, and one of people and causes you wish to leave something to. Your specialist advisor may give you their own form to fill in prior to your meeting.