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. 

Donate in memory 

Celebrate the life of a loved one while supporting our vital work by making a donation.

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

There are many questions you may have about leaving RBST a gift in your Will, please see our most commonly asked questions below: 

I already have a Will. Do I need a new one?

No, you do not need a new Will. If you are happy that your current Will still reflects your wishes and you simply wish to make some additions or small changes then your Solicitor can help create a Codicil. A Codicil lists minor changes or extra gifts to your original Will.

It is however a good idea to regularly review your Will in order to make sure it reflects any changes in your circumstances (e.g. marriage, a new house or children and grand-children)

I'd like to leave a legacy gift to the Rare Breeds Survival Trust in my Will. What information do I need to include?

Your Solicitor will advise you as to the correct wording in your Will; however please ensure that you include our full name of the “Rare Breeds Survival Trust”, our registered office address and registered charity number as set out below and that you wish to make the gift for the “general purposes” of the Rare Breeds Survival Trust. Please inform your Solicitor of this information.

Rare Breeds Survival Trust (RBST)

Avenue Q
Stoneleigh Park




Registered charity number 269442 (England and Wales)

What happens if I change my mind?

You are free to change your mind about leaving a gift in your Will to the Rare Breeds Survival Trust at any point, and we understand that this is a personal decision and one you take into consideration with your loved ones. If you have told us you are intending to leave us a gift, please do let us know if you have changed your mind.

What’s the best way to remember the Rare Breeds Survival Trust in my will?

The best way to remember the Rare Breeds Survival Trust is with a ‘residuary legacy’ for the “general purposes” of the charity. A residuary legacy is where you donate a percentage of your estate, once family and friends have been provided for and any money owed is deducted. Your Solicitor can advise you as to the best method; however a residuary legacy means your gift won’t decrease in value due to inflation and can therefore help your gift go further. The other options available include a ‘pecuniary legacy’, which is a gift of a fixed sum of money or a ‘specific legacy’ which is a gift of a particular item (antiques, jewellery etc…)

Should I use a Solicitor to make my Will?

To ensure your Will is valid and that your instructions are carried out, we recommend that you seek professional advice from a Solicitor. They will be able to offer you tailored advice which ensures your wishes are met.

What about Inheritance Tax?

If your estate is worth more than £325,000 then Inheritance Tax is currently paid to the government at a rate of 40%. Most gifts left to us are exempt from Inheritance Tax because we are a charity. The 40% rate on your estate can be reduced for people who leave legacies to charities. To find out more about Inheritance Tax, please contact your Solicitor or visit the HMRC website.

I am an Executor of a Will, how do I pay a legacy gift to the Rare Breeds Survival Trust?

We accept payments by cheque made payable to “Rare Breeds Survival Trust”. Please send cheques to the following address:

Rare Breeds Survival Trust (RBST),

Avenue Q,

Stoneleigh Park,




If you would prefer to pay by bank transfer, please contact us and we can advise of the best way to proceed.  

Can you send me some more information?

We would be happy to send you information. Simply call us on 024 7669 6551, email us on or write to us at Rare Breeds Survival Trust (RBST), Avenue Q, Stoneleigh Park, Kenilworth, Warwickshire, CV8 2LG.

How do I choose a Solicitor to write my will?

It can be difficult to choose from the hundreds of solicitors available.

We can provide you with a list of local solicitors from the Law Society. Alternatively you can visit their website at, or call them on 020 7242 1222. In Scotland, please contact the Law Society of Scotland at, or call 013 1226 7411 and in Northern Ireland please contact the Law Society of Northern Ireland at, or call 028 9023 1614.

These FAQ’s have been prepared by Lodders Solicitors LLP( can be contacted on 01789 293259 or by email to

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