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Leave a gift in your Will

Family at a heritage-themed family weekend

A gift in a Will is a chance to protect the places, people and organisations you care about for future generations.

As a registered charity, leaving a gift in your Will to Bluecoat can help us invest in our long-term future. You may be a regular visitor who enjoys our tranquil garden; a lover of our inspiring exhibitions; or a supporter of our work with artists and audiences of all backgrounds.

Whatever your motivation, your gift, of any size, can make a real difference to Bluecoat.

To help you create a Will, we’ve teamed up with Bequeathed, a free online service that helps you make an up to date Will with simple and easy to follow steps. 


With Bequeathed you can make a start on your Will immediately. Simply follow the steps to create a Will online. ? 

Detailed guidance will help you to consider everything you need to think about when making a Will, and to identify any issues where expert?legal?advice could be valuable.? 

If you?want legal advice at any stage, just ask.?Bequeathed will connect you to a solicitor who’ll give you a price to help you complete your will face-to-face or over the phone.


Visit Bequeathed now to start making your will.

Whichever way you choose to make your Will, please consider leaving a gift to Bluecoat. 

How to leave a gift to Bluecoat


To leave a gift to Bluecoat, all you need is our name, address and charity number:

The Bluecoat, School Lane, Liverpool, L1 3BX

Registered Charity No. 700862

You can ask a solicitor to draw up a Will for you, or if you already have one it may be possible to use a codicil, a supplementary document which allows you to amend your existing Will without the need to draw up a new one.

No matter what you decide, we strongly recommend talking to a solicitor when updating or making a Will to ensure it reflects your wishes and is legally valid.  

Bluecoat building at night

Types of gifts

There are different types of gift you can choose to leave to a charity in your Will:

A residuary gift

This kind of gift helps make sure your family and loved ones are taken care of first. You can leave a percentage of whatever is left over to Bluecoat, after all your other gifts of money and items have been distributed.

A pecuniary gift

This is a gift of money of a specific amount. You can index link your gift if you wish, to stop it losing value over time.

A specific gift

This is a gift of a specific, named item. For example, it could be a work of art, property or a piece of jewellery.

A neon light as part of Louisa Martin's Proxy exhibition, 2017

Tax benefits to you

Gifts you leave to charity in your Will are exempt from Inheritance Tax. As Bluecoat is a registered charity, any gift you decide to leave can be used in its entirety, meaning your generosity can go even further.

You can also reduce the amount of Inheritance Tax payable from 40% to 36% by leaving 10% of your net estate to a charity.

Visit the Government website for more information. 

Talk to us

We understand thinking about a Will can be difficult, but the team at Bluecoat are more than happy to help if you have any questions. 

Please contact the Development team at 0151 702 7776 or email

Bluecoat is also a proud member of Legacy Liverpool, a group of local charities working together to encourage people to leave gifts in their will. You can find useful tips, stories and resources on the website

Image credits: 

Family at a family heritage day, 2017 Photo Brian Roberts

Bluecoat building at night Photo Richard Bryant

Proxy by Louisa Martin, 2017 Photo Harry Medley 


Bluecoat is a registered charity, number 700862 and a limited company registered in England, number 2246627

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