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Leave a gift in your Will

‘Your legacy will help rebuild vulnerable lives’

Your legacy will be . . .

the advice work that helps a new member through the complex legal process of seeking asylum;

your legacy will be . . .

the bike that enables a member to access education or employment;

your legacy will be . . .

the childcare project that helps an isolated parent attend English classes at the Welcome Centre.

Your legacy will change lives.

What is a Legacy?

A legacy is a special gift left in your Will that would provide crucial funding to help refugees and asylum seekers in the Bristol area have brighter futures. Through the security of legacy donations, we will be able to ensure that we can continue to welcome refugees and asylum seekers to Bristol and to provide them with vital support when they need it most.

All gifts, whatever size, give us critical support. Because it is a gift to charity, a legacy is also exempt from tax, so may reduce the amount of inheritance tax for which your estate is liable.

With your help today, we can help more refugees, asylum seekers and people with insecure immigration status to positively build their lives in the UK.

How do I leave a gift in my Will?

Download our Will-making Guide for all the information you need to leave a legacy gift to us.

If you are updating your will, you will need to download out Codicil Form.

“Supporting refugees and asylum seekers in Bristol will be my legacy; it costs nothing during my lifetime but will have a powerful impact in the future.”

Carol, Bristol Refugee Rights Supporter

Tesfay’s Story

In 2018 Tesfay was awarded a diploma in mental health and social care whilst working at an NHS funded hospital in Bristol.  He also put down a deposit on his first house. But in 2011 he arrived in Bristol with little English language, no knowledge of the culture or what he had to do to live and work legally in the UK.  He had fled the harsh military conscription of Eritrea and left behind his parents and siblings. Somebody he met in Bristol told him about BRR.

The advice team helped him to put in a claim for asylum.  He started to attend weekly ESOL classes. He became a member volunteer helping to welcome new people.  He was fortunate that within a year he was granted leave to remain.  He continued with ESOL classes and looked for external opportunities.  He volunteered with a church group and then got a temporary job as kitchen porter.  The references from his volunteering roles with BRR were important. After lots of small jobs to earn money and online courses to improve his knowledge he managed to get a job with the local authority and then with the NHS.  He said, “BRR helped me to learn English, they helped me with my asylum claim; they provided me with the building blocks to further my education, to get a job and a home and be able to contribute to my new community.”

Message from Beth Wilson, Director, BRR

A large individual gift or legacy makes a significant difference to our ability to support the complex asylum cases that come our way. Please think about leaving something to Bristol Refugee Rights in your will.  A legacy gift can help someone escaping persecution, to rebuild their life in the UK. Thank you.

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