Yellow plaques mark legacy giving

Friday 14th September 2012

Roger Dobbs, Hon VP, BBOWT with RAC's Aarti Bulsara cpt C SnowdenRoger Dobbs, Hon VP, BBOWT with RAC's Aarti Bulsara cpt C Snowden

Two Wildlife Trust nature reserves are the first wildlife sites in the UK to be awarded Yellow Plaques in a national scheme to highlight the value of legacies.

Yellow plaques - in recognition of the contribution made by people who leave gifts in their wills - were awarded this week to Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust’s Warburg Nature Reserve and Yorkshire Wildlife Trust’s Staveley Nature Reserve.

Inspired by the blue plaques awarded by English Heritage, the Remember A Charity yellow plaques scheme celebrates charitable projects and initiatives made possible thanks to legacy donations from supporters.  Each year gifts in wills bring in about £2 billion and account for 30% of the income of the UK's top 10 charities.

The scheme is launched ahead of Remember A Charity Week, which runs from Monday 17 September – Sunday 23 September, and aims to encourage more people to think about legacy giving.

Rob Cope, director of Remember A Charity, the consortium of 140 charities behind the scheme, said: 

"The idea of legacy has been very much in the news this year.  Our new yellow plaques recognise the legacies of all the supporters who have left gifts to charities in their wills, after taking care of loved ones, and helped the good work live on.  Few of us currently include a charity in our will.  We wanted to do something to make people pause for thought and think about including a gift to charity in their own will."

Paul Wilkinson, Head of Living Landscape for The Wildlife Trusts, said: 

“It’s a great honour for two Wildlife Trusts to be among the first charities in the UK to be awarded Remember A Charity yellow plaques.  Legacies enable us to care for our nature reserves, to extend them and to save wildlife habitats under threat.  They can be used to inspire the next generation and to show them the wonders of wildlife in their own neighbourhood. 

"We are very grateful to those individuals who enable us to save very special places for nature for ever.”

The plaque at Warburg recognises the tireless work of lifelong wildlife enthusiast Vera Paul OBE whose legacy helps to maintain its precious habitats.  It was unveiled by Roger Dobbs, Honorary Vice President and a former trustee of the Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust who has also made a bequest to the charity in his Will.

High up in the Chiltern Hills, Warburg Nature Reserve, near Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, is a magnificent place for its wild, remote tranquillity.  The flower-rich grasslands in the valley bottom give way to woodlands rising up the valley sides.  With bird hides, a picnic area and a resident warden to help with queries, Warburg is a great place for families to visit.  This magnificent wildlife-rich nature reserve is enjoyed by so many today, and will continue to be for many years to come thanks to the legacy left by Vera Paul.

Yorkshire Wildlife Trust has been working for more than 65 years to protect and restore Yorkshire's wild places and wildlife for all to enjoy.  At Staveley Nature Reserve this has included a community outreach project following an extension of the site, doubling it in size.   The wildlife-watching hide, made possible by a legacy donation, overlooks the western lake and allows the public to view the stunning wildlife activity the North Yorkshire habitat has to offer.

Yorkshire Wildlife Trust has worked hard to improve access on site as well as develop parking facilities, so that everyone might enjoy the wildlife on offer.  With resident otters, barn owls and dragonflies, there is plenty to see.

Legacies enable us to care for our nature reserves, to extend them and to save wildlife habitats under threat

Remember A Charity Yellow Plaques go to:
• Cancer Research UK: Cambridge Research Institute
• Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust: Warburg Nature Reserve
• Abbeyfield House
• ShelterBox
• ChildLine bases in Cardiff, Manchester and Glasgow
• Alzheimer’s Society - The Limes day centre
• The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association – National Breeding Centre & Atherton Training Centre
• Self Unlimited – The Olive Tree café
• Liverpool Cathedral
• Yorkshire Wildlife Trust - Staveley Nature Reserve
• Maggies Cancer Caring Centre – Dundee
• National Coal Museum for England: Making Sense of Mining project

For media information about Remember A Charity please contact Aarti Bulsara or Roxane Farley at Good Relations on 0207 861 3104 or rememberacharity@goodrelations.co.uk

For media information about Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust, contact Wendy Tobitt, Media & Campaigns Manager, 01865 788318 or wendytobitt@bbowt.org.uk

For media information about Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, contact Joanna Richards on 01904 659570 or joanna.richards@ywt.org.uk.

Remember A Charity Week
Remember A Charity Week (17-23 September 2012) is an awareness week organised by charity consortia Remember A Charity, which aims to shine a light on the importance of gifts in Wills to charities.  Currently only 7% of those that have Wills go on to remember a charity.  For more information visit www.rememberacharity.org.uk

Remember A Charity
Remember A Charity (www.rememberacharity.org.uk) was formed in 2000 and now has over 150 member charities, who work together to encourage more people to consider leaving a gift to charities in their Will, after they’ve looked after their family and friends. Legacies (or gifts in Wills) form the foundation of charities in the UK. Many charities depend on legacies, without them, they would not exist. Remember A Charity is the Institute of Fundraising’s long-term campaign to increase legacy giving to charities.

Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust (BBOWT) is one of 47 Wildlife Trusts across the UK working to achieve the shared aim of securing a better future for wildlife. BBOWT’s vision is to create a region rich in wildlife and appreciated by all. BBOWT manages 80 nature reserves across the three counties, works with other agencies and individuals to help safeguard the wider countryside, and aims to inspire people to take action for wildlife. BBOWT has over 54,000 members. Find out more at www.bbowt.org.uk.

Yorkshire Wildlife Trust has worked for 60 years to protect wildlife of all types, and the places where they live. It manages and protects 82 of the best and most important nature reserves in both rural and urban Yorkshire.  Yorkshire Wildlife Trust works to protect and save threatened species, such as otter and water vole, while inspiring people, helping people of all ages understand and enjoy their natural environment, and encouraging communities to protect wildlife in their local area.  Advising landowners on how to manage their land for wildlife is a large part of its work, as is influencing planning decisions and campaigning for better protection for wildlife.  Find out more at www.ywt.org

The Wildlife Trusts 
There are 47 individual Wildlife Trusts covering the whole of the UK.  All are working for an environment rich in wildlife for everyone.  We have more than 800,000 members including 150,000 members of our junior branch Wildlife Watch.  Our vision is to create A Living Landscape and secure Living Seas.  We manage around 2,300 nature reserves and every year we advise thousands of landowners and organisations on how to manage their land for wildlife. We also run marine conservation projects around the UK, collecting vital data on the state of our seas and celebrating our amazing marine wildlife.  Every year we work with thousands of schools and our nature reserves and visitor centres receive millions of visitors.  Each Wildlife Trust is working within its local communities to inspire people about the future of their area: their own Living Landscapes and Living Seas. www.wildlifetrusts.org

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