Leaving a Gift in your Will

Remembering HorseWorld Trust in your Will is an extraordinary thing to do and a wonderful way to celebrate your life as a lover of all things equine.

Without the kindness and generosity of people such as yourself, HorseWorld Trust simply wouldn’t be able to rescue, rehabilitate and rehome the large number of horses, ponies and donkeys and mules who come through our gates every year.

Since 1952, HorseWorld has been working tirelessly to ensure the best life for equines in need. It is our mission to create a future where no horse, pony, donkey or mule is denied the fundamental right of welfare: we believe that every equine should have a suitable environment in which to reside, a suitable diet, the freedom to exhibit natural behaviour, and to be protected from pain, suffering, injury or disease. Our legacy of care began in 1952 as the Bristol Home of Rest for Horses. Soon after we became known as the Friends of Bristol Horses Society and are now recognised under the registered title of HorseWorld Trust. The welfare of horses has always been the beating heart of our charity and with the help of our selfless supporters, we aim for this to continue beating strongly into the future. Everything we do is for the horses, and we could not have achieved anything without you and our devoted supporters.
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We can’t do this without your help

HorseWorld is entirely funded by voluntary donations. 65% of our total income stems from Gifts left in Wills. Without public income it would be impossible for us to provide shelter, food and veterinary care to the 100+ vulnerable horses on site and the thousands more waiting for our help going forward. By thinking of us in your Will, you are enabling a beacon of hope for animals in need.

Like you, we care about protecting horses from cruelty and want to encourage first-class standards of welfare to all horse owners. We see first-hand the transformation that good veterinary care, a healthy diet and a safe environment can make on a horse and are lucky enough to witness how public donations make this possible. Your gift will ensure we can turn this possibility into a guarantee for the foreseeable future.

Keep your passion for horses alive by making possible the ongoing care and support for hundreds of equines in the South West.

Types of Gift

A Residuary Gift

This is where you leave the remainder of your estate or a share of what’s left after your debts have been settled and any other amounts you have left to others have been settled. Before visiting a solicitor, it is a good idea to have a list of what you want to leave and whom you would like to benefit. Don’t forget that personal items can be included in your bequests.

A Pecuniary Gift

This is a set amount of money given as a gift in your Will. When leaving this type of gift in your Will, do consider that the eventual value of this type of donation is likely to be impacted by inflation.

A Specific Gift

An item that is special to you that you would like HorseWorld to receive.


A gift of any size can make a huge impact

Your gift to HorseWorld doesn’t need to be large to make a difference, every gift counts and adds up to cover larger costs. A gift of any size can make a Huge impact to our equines lives.

Just like the Shetlands on site, small doesn’t mean overlooked. The smallest gifts can form to purchase the largest items of care at HorseWorld.

Up to 65% of our work is funded by the gifts our supporters leave in Wills. If you can help, you can be confident that your gift will help horses live happily in the significant future.

Amending your Will with a Codicil

A Codicil is a straightforward document that needs to be signed and witnessed in the same way as a Will. It allows you to make amendments to an existing will instead of completely re-writing a current version.

A Codicil has to be signed and witnessed in the same way as your original Will, but you don’t need to use the same witnesses. Don’t use someone as a witness if they or their Husband/Wife or civil partner benefits from a gift in the Codicil – it will make the gift to them (in the Codicil) invalid.

You must keep the Codicil with your Will at all times, but do not attach them together.

If you are unsure of how the Codicil works or want to amend your Will in any other way, you must contact your Solicitor for more information and advice. Do not write anything on your Will as this will invalidate it. Any major changes may call for a new Will to be made.

Answering your Questions

Why should I make a Will?

Having an up to date Will is the only way to ensure that your family, friends and any organisations you care about are provided for in the ways that you wish. Your Will is your means to make a difference to someone’s life and to ensure your passions, kindness and generosity lives on. Many people assume their partner will inherit their assets so don’t feel the need to make a Will. However, if you are unmarried or in a civil partnership, your loved one is not automatically entitled to your estate. To make sure they are provided for, you must name them in your Will. If you do not have anyone that you feel you would like to gift your assets to you may consider leaving them to a charity instead.

When is the best time to make a Will?

You’re never too young to start thinking about your Will; the most common motives are buying a house, having children, getting married or coming into an inheritance. With any significant change to your finances, you should be thinking of your Will. If you already have a Will, it’s a good idea to review it often to reflect any changes in your personal or family circumstances.

Do I need a solicitor?

It is advisable to use a solicitor to help you create your Will to ensure that all the legalities and details are correct. Simple actions or incorrect wording may invalidate your wishes, meaning that your estate will not be gifted as you may like it to be.

What is an executor and why do I need one?

An executor is someone who administers your Will after you are gone, to ensure that your wishes are followed through. You can choose a family member or friend as an Executor, even if they are set to benefit from your Will. You can also appoint a Solicitor or financial advisor to act in this role but do consider any fees that may be occur for this service.

To find out more about how you can leave a gift in your Will, or to request a gift in Wills information pack, please email our Legacy Officer Samantha Taynton on legacy@horseworld.org.uk or call 01275 832425, thank you.