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inner london boro boys july 067We completely understand and appreciate that when making a Will, family and loved ones must come first but we wondered if you might consider leaving a small gift or proportion of your estate to The Arundel Castle Cricket Foundation (reg. charity no. 1150351), after taking care of those closest to you.

For the past 27 years, the Foundation has relied on donations to help young people for whom life is a struggle: some come from dysfunctional homes where parents may be in prison or involved in prostitution or drug and alcohol abuse; others have difficulties with learning and understanding, sight or hearing impairment.  All these children, mainly from inner city areas where opportunities to play sport and enjoy a life outdoors are very limited, come to Arundel to learn new skills, visit the Castle or play cricket on the sands at Littlehampton.  When possible, the youngsters stay overnight; for many it is the first time away from home.  We give them new horizons, increased self-confidence and better communication and social skills.  It is difficult to measure our success but teachers and carers tell us that behaviour in the classroom improves and health issues, such as obesity, are easier to tackle.

A gift in your Will can make all this possible.  By making this gift at least 10% of your taxable estate, you will decrease the amount of tax your other benefactors have to pay.  A new law reduces the rate of Inheritance Tax from 40% to 36%, if 10% of the taxable estate is given to a registered charity.  To check if you qualify please visit  www.hmrc.gov.uk/inheritancetax.

This is a big decision and your Will is a private matter but a gift of any size will have a real and lasting impact on some of life’s most vulnerable young people.