Leave a Legacy

What is a legacy donation? A Will is a uniquely personal document, and will give you peace of mind knowing that your final wishes will be carried out. It will ensure that those you love are provided for and is an opportunity for you to help those causes you have supported during your lifetime. A lot of people don’t have a Will because they think it might be too expensive to organise or they simply forget to get one drawn up – but it’s easier and cheaper than you might think. Using plain everyday language this guide has been written to make the process as easy as possible. DIY wills are not a good idea – it is much better to visit a solicitor and get professional advice. Below is a selection of way’s you can leave in your Will…

You can help us continue our hard work with many different legacy donations.


This is the remainder of your estate after your debts and expenses have been cleared and any cash sums or specific gifts have been paid. You can nominate people and organisations to receive a share or all of the residue. Leaving a percentage of your estate in this way will also help to reduce the effect of inflation.

A cash sum

It is worth asking your solicitors to index-link your donation to ensure the amount you leave keeps its value relative to inflation.

Specific gifts

These are gifts of named items such as shares or jewellery.

How to word your bequest…

It is very important that wills are written accurately and it may be helpful to you and your solicitor to know how to phrase a bequest in favour of The National Marine Aquarium. You should ask your solicitor to ensure the following are included in your bequest:

  • Our name – The National Marine Aquarium
  • Our address – Rope Walk, Coxside, Plymouth, PL4 0LF
  • Our charity registration number – 1032491
  • You should also include the phrase ‘I declare that the receipt of the Treasurer or any other proper officer shall be sufficient discharge therefore’.

If you have any further questions please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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