Rebuild communities and lives
Imagine ShelterBox aid being loaded onto a truck, being driven hundreds of miles, crossing border after border, and being taken straight to the heart of the latest disaster.
Imagine a family who thought they’d been totally forgotten, receiving the materials they need to rebuild their lives.
Imagine that your legacy is what put it there, and will continue to do so for years to come.
Putting families first
Family comes first when it comes to writing a will. Remember ShelterBox in your will and you’ll be hastening the day that no family goes without shelter after natural disasters and conflict.
Your support enables us to build up supplies to prepare for catastrophes, whatever the scale, and position aid in strategic locations across the world to ensure that we are always ready to respond. It also helps us to recruit and train ShelterBox volunteers and staff members who go the extra mile to make sure our aid reaches the people who need it most.
However it’s used, your gift will help ShelterBox work towards a future where no family is left without shelter.
Making a difference
Ritta and Dorica are old friends and neighbours. But when floods swept through their village in Chikwawa, Malawi, the surging waters devoured their homes, along with all their possessions.
‘When the flood came, everything we had was destroyed,’ said Ritta. ‘Our houses fell down. Everything we had was washed away.’
Yet they are both happy. They were two of the thousands of people who received ShelterBox aid after the floods. Ritta said: ‘Because of ShelterBox, we are living a good life. We are very happy.’
While they look for a way to rebuild their homes, their tents not only provide a roof over their heads, but a place to call home.
How to leave a legacy gift in your will
If this is the first time you’ve written your will, you should start by consulting your solicitor. They will help you to write your will and make sure your estate is taken care of according to your wishes.
You can make small changes to your existing will by adding footnotes (called codicils) in the presence of two witnesses. If you’re making a major change, your best course of action may be to rewrite your will.
There are several ways to leave a gift to ShelterBox. A pecuniary gift is a specific amount of money, such as £3,000. A residuary gift is a share of your estate, such as 1/8. This is given once any pecuniary gifts, expenses or debts have been paid.
ShelterBox will receive 100% of the amount you stipulate as the values of the gifts you leave to charities are calculated before inheritance tax.
The good news is that if you leave more than 10% of your estate to ShelterBox (or to charities collectively), your family will be charged less inheritance tax for the rest of your estate.