Frequently asked questions about giving in your Will

Questions to consider when leaving a gift in your Will.

See also

Frequently asked questions about other donations and Gift Aid.

How can I be sure every penny will make a difference?

You can be sure we will use your gift in the most efficient and effective way possible, funding projects where the need of working horses and donkeys is greatest. As well as benefitting the animals, your gift will help people in some of the world’s poorest countries to become more self-sufficient.

Can I be sure Brooke will still be here when the time comes?

Yes! Brooke has existed since 1935, and in April 2015 we launched an ambitious five-year global strategy, with plans to help even more working animals and bold ambitions for the future.

How might my family feel if I leave Brooke a gift in my Will?

Your decision to keep your love of animals alive is something that your family can feel proud of. We would never ask you to replace the kind of support you would want to give your loved ones, but after family and friends are provided for we would be delighted if you could think of Brooke.

Can I afford to leave a gift in my Will?

Leaving a contribution in your Will is a wonderful way to make a lasting difference, no matter what your situation. Even something that may not seem a very large amount here in the UK can go a long way in the poorest countries where we work.

Can I add Brooke to my existing Will?

Adding Brooke to your Will can be made with the addition of a Codicil. This is where your solicitor attaches a written instruction to your existing Will. This should be done by your solicitor, otherwise your Will and the wishes within it may be invalidated.

Shouldn’t I be helping now, rather than later?

We're immensely grateful to everybody who supports our work, whenever and however they choose to do so. A gift today can start changing animals’ lives tomorrow and the need is real and urgent. However, a gift in your Will does something special – it can safeguard the future of working horses and donkeys.

Will Inheritance Tax make a difference to the legacy I leave to Brooke?

No. As a registered charity, we are exempt from Inheritance Tax. This is a subject you can speak to your solicitor about as there are practicalities you will have to consider, for example:

  • Inheritance Tax is currently charged at 40 percent if your estate is over a certain value
  • The tax free threshold is £325,000 (or £650,000 for married couples and civil partnerships) - this can change frequently, so keeping an eye on the Inheritance Tax threshold ensures your loved ones don't pay more than necessary
  • If you decide to leave 10 percent or more to charity you can reduce the amount you pay in Inheritance Tax.

For more information on Inheritance Tax, see the HMRC website.

Who can I speak to if I want to know more about leaving Brooke a gift in my Will?

Call the Legacy Team on 020 7470 9343.