Gifts in Wills

"I don't think we 
Joe Henson
can say at any time that because a breed is of no use to us at this time and in this place it will never be any use to anybody again"

Joe Henson, Founder Chairman of RBST 

Who knows what challenges and problems future generations will have to face, a gift in your Will, will help RBST strengthen and secure the future for each of the UK's native breeds of livestock and poultry. Helping to ensure long-term food security, the conservation of important habitats and the preservation of the UK's rich agricultural heritage for generations to come. 

Instead of floral arrangements at the funeral, an alternative gesture is to request a donation to RBST. These donations make a special contribution to the funding of our conservation work as they are a recognition of the affection and regard in which your loved one was held. Please speak to your funeral director about this option and ask them to call us with any questions.

Making a gift in your will to RBST

By leaving a gift to the RBST in your Will you can help us to ensure that rare breeds of native farm animals are enjoyed by generations to come, at no cost to you in your lifetime.

We understand that you will want to remember your family and friends first, but any gift in your Will to RBST will be very much appreciated. A gift in your will doesn't have to be a large amount of money. We receive legacies varying from £500 to many thousands of pounds and all are gratefully received as donations towards the cost of our conservation activities. 

If you have already made a Will, but feel that you would like to include a gift to RBST, you should contact your solicitors and ask them about rewriting your Will. If you are considering making a Will, we strongly advise that you consult a solicitor, who will be able to advise you about any tax implications and ensure that your Will reflects your wishes and is a valid legal document.

If you do decide to leave a legacy to the Rare Breeds Survival Trust, the words your solicitor will need are:  ‘I give (insert gift here) to the Rare Breeds Survival Trust, Stoneleigh Park, Kenilworth, Warwickshire, CV8 2LG (Registered Charity no. 269442) for its general purposes. The receipt of the Treasurer or other proper officer of the Rare Breeds Survival Trust shall be a full and sufficient discharge for the said legacy.’

A Will is a deeply personal document and you are under no obligation to tell us if you have included Rare Breeds Survival Trust in your Will. We do appreciate the opportunity, however, to say thank you and to keep you updated on our latest projects if you would like to receive these newsletters. So if you are happy to tell us, please complete the Legacy Gift Form below and return it to us. We can express our thanks and tell you more about the type of work your legacy might fund.

We are not qualifed to provide financial or legal advice, but if you would like information about the difference your legacy gift could make or have a question about RBST and legacy gifts, please call Sarah Spriggs on 02476 698761 or email

Download legacy gift leaflet.

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