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Donkeys in Tanzania forest

Leave a kinder future for working animals

This is difference your legacy can make

Including a gift in your Will to SPANA means you will help us relieve the pain and suffering of sick and injured working animals long into the future.

Legacies are vital as they pay for nearly half of everything we do for working animals. In fact in 2017, over 156,000 free veterinary treatments for sick animals were only possible because of gifts in Wills. They helped to pay for drugs and vital equipment and kept our mobile vet clinics on the road in the remotest areas.

Here is a message from one of our vets in Morocco about the difference gifts in Wills make to the animals he treats.

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All you need to know

If you have decided to make or update your Will and include a gift to SPANA – thank you!

To include a gift to SPANA in your Will is really quite straightforward. All you need to do is give your solicitor our name, registered address and charity number and your solicitor will do the rest.

SPANA, 14 John Street, London, WC1N 2EB
Registered Charity Number: 209015

If you have any questions, you are always welcome to contact Penny in our friendly legacy team on 020 7831 3999 or email her at [email protected]

If you would like any help writing your Will, please click here.

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Why SPANA?

Our vision is a world where every working animal lives a life free from suffering and is treated with compassion.  Including a gift in your Will to SPANA will help us make that world a reality. SPANA’s unique combination of treating, training and teaching projects will create a more compassionate future for working animals.  But we can’t do it without you.  With gifts in Wills funding half of everything we do, your legacy could play a vital part.

A gift in your Will would relieve the immediate suffering of countless horses, donkeys and other working animals through our free veterinary care. Your gift would help pay for vital medicines or could go towards the cost of a new mobile clinic.

Your legacy would be a kinder future for working animals through our children’s humane education. Fostering compassion for animals in children and replacing ignorance or negative attitudes with empathy and understanding can’t be done overnight. They are long term goals which require long term support and your gift for the future would help make this possible.

Writing your Will

Writing a Will doesn’t need to take much time.  We have produced a guide to help answer some of the questions you may have.  Our guide also shows how leaving a legacy will make a difference. Help us be there for working animals and the people who depend on them from one generation to the next.

Simply download our guide to gifts in Wills and our SPANA legacy Q&A leaflet.

Order your guide by post

Please fill in a few personal details below to order your guide to gifts in Wills. This guide includes a Q&A leaflet and a Codicil form.

Guide to gifts in Wills

Guide to gift in Wills

Please enter a few personal details to order your guide to gifts in Wills by post.

Updating your Will?

If you already have a Will and would simply like to add a gift to SPANA, you can use this Codicil form to add your gift.

Contact us

If you have any questions, you are always welcome to contact Penny in our friendly legacy team on 020 7831 3999 or email her at [email protected]

Linda and Alex Bell hugging
In some places in the world, it seems people don’t matter and life is cheap, so what chance for the animals on whom they depend? I so admire the work SPANA do on my behalf because I want to ease their suffering but cannot do it myself. I will continue to support SPANA during my lifetime and beyond, through a legacy in my Will. It is a modest amount but I could not overlook your fantastic work.
Linda Cameron-Bell

Frequently ask questions

We have compiled a list of frequently asked Wills and legacy related questions and answers. These include suggested wording for a legacy to SPANA which your solicitor might find useful. Please click below.

FAQs

Do I need a solicitor to write my Will?

We recommend you seek advice from a solicitor so that they can make sure that everything is covered by law and what matters to you is protected. You can find a local solicitor who specialises in Wills by calling the Law Society on 020 7242 1222 or online at http://solicitors.lawsociety.org.uk/

What kind of gift can I leave?
  • A residuary gift is a share of your estate after all other legacies have been made and all costs have been met. Residuary gifts are expressed as a percentage so they remain proportional to the value of your estate.  Residuary gifts can reduce the number of times you need to update your Will, as they change accordingly with your financial circumstances.
  • A pecuniary gift is a stated sum of money.
  • A specific gift is a particular item or items such as jewellery, paintings, shares etc. This is a good way to pass on cherished belongings to loved ones.
How should I word my gift?

It is important that SPANA is correctly identified and that your chosen gift is described in enough detail.  We recommend that you take the following suggested wording to your solicitor:

For a residuary legacy (a percentage of your residuary estate)

“I give <insert percentage of your estate>% of my residuary estate to SPANA of 14 John Street, London, WC1N 2EB, Registered Charity Number 209015 for its general charitable purposes and I declare that the receipt of the proper officer of the charity shall be a full and sufficient discharge.”

For a pecuniary legacy (a set amount)

“I give <insert amount> to SPANA of 14 John Street, London, WC1N 2EB, Registered Charity Number 209015 for its general charitable purposes and I declare that the receipt of the proper officer of the charity shall be a full and sufficient discharge.”

Can I leave SPANA a gift if I have already written my Will?

If you already have a Will and would like to update it to include a gift to SPANA, you can use a Codicil. You can download a Codicil form here.  However, if you wish to make a number of changes to your Will, it is recommended that you consult a solicitor as it may well be that your Will needs to be rewritten.

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Other helpful resources

Citizens Advice: Advice on creating a Will and why it’s important

Law Society: Run by the Law Society, Find a Solicitor is a free service for anyone looking for information about people providing legal services in England and Wales that are regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA).

Law Society Scotland: Run by the Law Society of Scotland.

HMRC: Learn more about Inheritance Tax

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Philanthropy and major gifts

Discover how a major gift can help promote the wellbeing and welfare of working animals in need.

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