Leave a lasting legacy

Leaving a gift in your will to MCS will help us continue our vital work securing a brighter future for marine wildlife and their habitats. It’s also a valuable and touching way to ensure your passion for our seas, shores and marine wildlife lives on.

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As a charity we rely on the goodwill of people like you who love the sea and want to ensure it’s a valuable asset for generations to come. You can be assured that any gift left to us in a will, however large or small, will be spent wisely as you would expect. The more help you can give us, the more work we can do to ensure better protected seas, sustainable fish stocks and cleaner beaches and coastal waters.

Making a will

Making a will doesn’t have to be costly or complicated. MCS has put together a guide you can download here to help you understand some of the terminology used and the different ways you can support our charity work. We offer a will making service for our supporters from just £25 for simple, single wills. To have an informal chat about supporting MCS in this way, please email Katherine Stephenson or call us on 01989 566 017.

Inheritance tax

Any money left to a charity is free from inheritance tax. This means that a gift in a will to the Marine Conservation Society not only helps a wonderful cause but will reduce inheritance tax payable on an estate - and may help to avoid any tax being paid at all. If you leave at least 10% of the net value of your estate to charity, it will reduce the rate of inheritance tax on other assets from 40% to 36%.

In memory

No amount of money can ever replace a lost loved one, but fundraising for a special cause can help give some meaning and purpose at an otherwise difficult and sad time. We have been moved and inspired by some of the kind actions people have taken to remember someone special. Please email us if you need any advice about raising funds in memory of a loved one.

Thank you for considering leaving a gift to Marine Conservation Society.

Actions you can take

  1. Download our guide to creating a will