Leaving a Legacy

Yesterday, Today and Forever

 ‘I expect to pass through this world but once; any good thing therefore that I can do….’

The church has been present in Romsey for over a thousand years and today, more than ever, legacies can be of real value in helping to strengthen and expand the witness to the people of Romsey and their support for Christian outreach throughout the world.

Giving a legacy to the Parish of Romsey will ensure that God’s work and the needs of his people will continue to benefit from your generosity.

Leaving a legacy to the Parish can also reduce the amount of inheritance tax payable.  If your estate is subject to this tax then 40% of the amount above the threshold will go to the Inland Revenue.  Any legacy left to a charity is free of tax and can reduce the value of your estate to below the level where any tax is due.

If you’ve already made a Will you can still add a legacy.  This is a straightforward procedure where a solicitor draws up a codicil which is then kept with the Will

Why do we need legacies?

  • We want to sustain and develop the worshipping life of the Abbey and St. Swithun’s
  • We want to be able to pay our bills so that the work of the church can continue
  • We know your gift will help the church care for people in this parish and far away
  • We want to thank God for his love for us and your giving is a way of saying thank you

If you would like to include the Parish of Romsey in your Will please contact our Legacies Officer, who will be happy to meet with you and talk through the process and options.

There is also an option for you to leave a legacy to the Romsey Abbey Appeal Fund which helps maintain the fabric of our beautiful building. Our Legacies Officer will be able to give you more information about the Appeal should you choose to support the Parish in this

What will the Parish do with my legacy?

The PCC has a legacy policy which states that legacy gifts will be used to help fund development projects which may include buildings, equipment or staff. We will be happy to discuss possible uses of gifts with the executors when the time comes, in order to ensure that we take account of the donor’s known areas of interest in the church and the Parish priorities at the time.

The purpose of the policy is to give donors confidence that their gift will be used to make a real difference to future mission and ministry rather than being used for day to day running costs.

The Parish Legacy Policy can be Legacy Policy -2014

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