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Leave a gift in your will

Share your love of the waterways with future generations

A gift in your will is a legacy that lasts beyond your lifetime – helping us to protect the waterways you love for years to come.

Since 1946, we have fought for the restoration and improvement of hundreds of miles of waterways and we want to see a future where hundreds more miles are restored and our waterways are protected and improved for the enjoyment and benefit of all. Gifts in wills – both small and large – contribute up to a quarter of the funds for our work and therefore make a significant impact.

There are a number of ways to leave a gift in your will – you can leave a share of your estate of as little as 1%, a cash sum or a specific item – your solicitor can help you decide which might be most appropriate.

Contact your will writer or solicitor to add the Inland Waterways Association, charity number 212342, to your will.

If you’re interested in finding out more about leaving a gift in your will, order your free information pack.

Legacy information pack

If you are interested in finding out more about how you can leave a gift in your will to IWA, we will send you an information pack.

Frequently asked questions

If you would like to pledge a gift, please contact us or download and complete the pledge form and return in an envelope marked ‘Private’ to: The Finance Manager, The Inland Waterways Association, Island House, Moor Road, Chesham HP5 1WA.

If you haven’t already made a will, we would suggest that you use the services of a solicitor or other professional adviser to do so. It need not be expensive, and professional advice will ensure that your wishes are properly recorded and followed. Before you see a professional adviser, it may save time to contact them and find out what information you should have with you when you see them.

It is very easy to amend an existing will to include a gift to The Inland Waterways Association. Your professional adviser can let you know the best way to achieve this. If your personal circumstances have changed, a new Will may be required; your professional adviser will be able to guide you on this.

Gifts to help our work are welcome at any time. A lifetime gift can be just as tax-efficient as a legacy,depending on your circumstances. If you wish, you can be closely involved in how your money is used and see what it has achieved. IWA Head Office would be pleased to assist with suggestions.

A residuary gift comes out of the remainder of your estate after all other legacies, debts, tax and expenses have been paid. It may comprise the whole or a share of the residual amount. All legacies are greatly welcomed by IWA but this type of legacy has special benefits as its value keeps pace with the increase in value of your estate, offsetting the effect of inflation.

A specific gift is a gift of a particular item such as property or shares.

A pecuniary gift is a specified cash sum. To ensure the value of your gift reflects your changing circumstances and the effect of inflation, you should review pecuniary legacy amounts regularly.

Sustainable boating

We want boating on canals and rivers to be more sustainable and – even though the current overall contribution to UK carbon emissions is very small – we want to help reduce emissions on the waterways.

Waterways heritage

Our waterways heritage is what makes Britain’s canals and rivers special and it must be actively protected – through the local planning system and sufficient funding – for the future.

Waterway restoration

Restoring the UK’s blue infrastructure – our inherited network of navigable canals and rivers – is good for people and places.

Waterway underfunding

Hundreds of miles of waterways – along with their unique heritage and habitats – are currently starved of funding and rely on constant lobbying by us to safeguard their future.

Waterway businesses

The government needs to intervene at the earliest possible opportunity to save this vital sector of the British economy and what could be a core element of the British stay-at-home leisure and holiday sectors in the coming years.