Scottish Seabird Centre legacy leaflet

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Please help secure our future Education and conservation in Scotland

A conservation and education charity

Why leave the Seabird Centre a legacy Education is at the core of what we do. Through visits to the Discovery Centre, Education Centre, outdoor education programmes and events, we provide young people with new learning experiences. Early engagement with wildlife and the natural world inspires a life-long appreciation of, and desire to protect and look after, wildlife and the environment. We also encourage conservation in action. Projects have involved; – helping to restore puffin populations on the local islands – campaigning on key environmental issues – supporting citizen science projects.

Our future Scotland is of international importance for seabirds and research confirms that they should not be viewed in isolation, but rather as part of our marine ecosystems which are some of the most diverse in the world. Our stunning marine habitats and species, including seabirds, are at serious risk, from climate change, pollution and diminishing food supplies. Public understanding of these threats and how to deal with them is limited. Our aim is to diversify our work, enabling more people to appreciate and understand the wider marine environment and the need to look after it. We plan to do this through activities including extended education and outreach programmes, science events, partnership working and volunteering. Our vision is to help conserve marine environments and wildlife for future generations.

Thank you for your interest We are grateful to all those who choose to remember the Scottish Seabird Centre in their will and whose generosity helps ensure we can continue our charitable activities. Leaving a legacy is the ultimate way to support a cause you care about and to ensure the charity’s long-term future.

The next steps Make a will

People who die without making a will are described as ‘intestate’. This can mean lengthy legal delays in sorting out what should be done with the deceased person’s property. Your property might go to the State, rather than those nearest and dearest or to causes that you care about. It is possible to write your own will, but we recommend using a qualified solicitor who can provide the appropriate professional advice and draw-up a will tailored to reflect your personal circumstances.

Leaving a legacy to a charity

Gifts to charities on death are exempt from inheritance tax so this is a very tax efficient way of providing long-term benefit to a cause you believe in. We hope that you will be in a position of think of the Scottish Seabird Centre as every legacy, however big or small, will help.

Help us plan for the future Please tell us if we are in your will. Simply complete and return this form to us. All information will be treated in confidence. Title First name Second name Address Postcode Email Phone Date of birth Please tick the following statements that apply: I am planning to leave a legacy to the Scottish Seabird Centre in my will. I have already made a legacy to the Scottish Seabird Centre in my will. This will be:

A cash (pecuniary) legacy to the value of ÂŁ

A percentage (%) of my estate as a (residual) legacy.

Other Please take a moment to tell us why you have chosen to support us in this way.

Thank you for supporting the Scottish Seabird Centre through a legacy in your will. Your generosity will help us to continue our important conservation and education work. Please detach this completed form and return to: Scottish Seabird Centre, North Berwick, EH39 4SS.

Contact us Scottish Seabird Centre North Berwick EH39 4SS 01620 890202

For information in large print please contact us on 01620 89020.

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