Leaving a Legacy to Worcester Cathedral

Please click here for the Legacy leaflet. To discuss or inform us about a gift in your will to Worcester Cathedral, please contact the Development Office on 01905 732912 or email development@worcestercathedral.org.ukSir Edward Elgar

“Having spent my life, with absences, in the shadow of the Cathedral, having been born close to it and having come back as a truant to die under its shadow, nothing would give me greater happiness than to know that its future improvement was assured.”  Edward Elgar 1857-1934

A gift in your Will is one of the most special and enduring ways that you can support Worcester Cathedral and play an important part in preserving it for future generations. Throughout its history, the Cathedral has been sustained by the generosity of people who have supported its architectural development; its music and worship; and its education and work in the community.

Making a tax efficient gift to Worcester Cathedral in your Will

A legacy gift to Worcester Cathedral is free from inheritance tax and may reduce your inheritance tax rate if more than 10% of your estate is left to charity. You can donate a fixed amount, an item or specific gift, such as property or shares, or what is left after other gifts have been given out (the Residue of your estate). 

Anyone who pledges a legacy to Worcester Cathedral will be invited each year to a special service at the Cathedral and tea with the Dean. This is our way of thanking those who have made a gift to Worcester Cathedral during their Legacy_leaflet_image_for_website_21016.jpg
lifetime.

How to make a gift in your Will to Worcester Cathedral

If you have already made a Will, it is a simple process to add a gift to the Cathedral by means of a Codicil. The following legal wording can be taken to your solicitor: 

To leave a share of your estate

“I give [       %] of my residuary estate free of all taxes to the Chapter of Worcester Cathedral, care of The Chapter Office, 8 College Yard, Worcester WR1 2LA, for the general maintenance of the Cathedral Fabric / for purposes of education / for purposes of music and liturgy / for the general purposes of the Cathedral [delete as appropriate], and I declare that the receipt of the Chapter Clerk or other authorised officer of the said Chapter shall be a sufficient discharge to my executors and trustees.”

To leave a fixed sum of money

“I give the sum of [£             ] free of all taxes to the Chapter of Worcester Cathedral, care of The Chapter Office, 8 College Yard, Worcester WR1 2LA, for the maintenance of the Cathedral Fabric / for purposes of education / for purposes of music and liturgy / for the general purposes of the Cathedral [delete as appropriate], and I declare that the receipt of the Chapter Clerk or other authorised officer of the said Chapter shall be a sufficient discharge to my executors and trustees.”

The Registrar and Deputy Registrar of the Worcester Diocesan Registry (the legal office of the diocese) are solicitors with SME Solicitors in Worcester and either of them, or Samantha Lloyd who is the Head of their Wills and Probate Department can be contacted if you would like advice about making a gift in your Will. Please click here to go to their website:  http://www.smesolicitors.co.uk/For-You/wills-probate  

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