The most wonderful gift you could ever make to help create a walking nation won't cost you a penny in your lifetime. Help create streets fitter for walking with a gift in your Will to Living Streets.
People of all abilities should be able to walk freely, safely, breathe fresh air and socialise on our streets and public places. We hope this vision is one that you want for your children and grandchildren.
A gift in your will to Living Streets will help us recreate safe, vibrant streets and to reverse the long-term decline in walking. Let’s walk forward together. One step, one street and one community at a time.
"Put simply, walking needs a hero"
We supported SEN student Nasra, 16, and her classmates to have the confidence to travel independently and reduce their reliance on home to school transport.
Nasra relies on memorising routes she travels, meaning that unexpected circumstances such as bus diversions can leave her feeling vulnerable and unsure where to go.
We empowered her class to develop an easy read walking map with safe walking routes of the local area and local landmarks, helping Nasra to feel more independent and have the confidence to walk more.
Following a community street audit with a group of older residents, we worked with the local council to remove the barriers to walking which we had identified. Our recommendations were to install dropped kerbs and handrails to the area outside the sheltered accommodation where many of the group lived.
For Janet, 76, who walks with a wheeled frame, these improvements have made the walk to the doctor’s surgery and the shops safer and more comfortable, helping her maintain her independence and connection with the local community.
A new walking generation
Going strong for over 20 years, our Walk to School campaign encourages over 1 million children in 4000 schools across the UK to walk to school each year. With more primary school children inactive and overweight than ever before and increased pollution and congestion at the school gate, we’re helping to build healthy habits that last a lifetime.
We would always recommend getting advice from a solicitor on these matters. A good introductory overview is available from HM Government and from the Citizens Advice Bureau.
Your estate assets may be subject to Inheritance Tax, and it may be advantageous to divide your estate so that your loved ones are left gifts below the tax threshold; meaning they will not have to pay Inheritance Tax. As charities are exempt from this tax, you could choose to divide the remainder between your chosen causes.
There are a number of different ways you can leave a walking legacy, depending on your circumstances. You can leave a share of your assets or estate (calculated as a percentage), which is known as a Residuary gift. If you've already made a Will, but want to add a residuary gift, we recommend getting advice from your solicitor on how to do this. You can leave a fixed sum of money, which is known as a Pecuniary gift. Finally, you can leave a specific item of value.