Leave a Lasting Legacy to Durham Cathedral


Durham, like all English cathedrals, does not receive regular statutory support and must rely on its own resources for its daily life, maintenance and development. The costs of running and maintaining its buildings and precincts and ensuring that they are open and accessible to all are substantial. Legacies enable us to go beyond the day-to-day and undertake major works and projects that seek to engage more people with our magnificent building and its heritage whilst preserving the fabric for future generations to enjoy.
 
In recognition of the difference that legacies make to Durham Cathedral, individuals who leave such gifts are acknowledged in perpetuity in its Liber Vitae (Book of Life) in accordance with their wishes, and celebrated in a special annual service.
 
If you are considering leaving a gift to Durham Cathedral in your Will we strongly suggest that you seek the advice of an independent solicitor. A solicitor will take all necessary steps to ensure that your Will accurately reflects your wishes, whilst also assisting you in reducing your potential tax liability. A solicitor can assist with making a Will during your lifetime, as well as acting as your executor to ensure that your wishes are carried out exactly as you would want them.
 
The Law Society’s Wills and Inheritance Quality Scheme (WIQS) provides a best practice quality mark for wills and estate administration advice.
 
For more information about leaving a legacy to Durham Cathedral, including suggested wording, please contact Sophia Stovall, Development Officer, The Cathedral Office, The College, Durham, DH1 3EH or by email at sophia.stovall@durhamcathedral.co.uk or call 0191 374 4055.
 
With thanks to Gedye and Sons (Solicitors) Limited www.gedye.co.uk for its assistance in collating this information.