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  TV&GWOT receives no statutory or public sector funding and its principal source of funding is from donations by private individuals who support its aims and objectives. TV&GWOT welcomes monetary donations of any amount and also donations of items related to its objectives and collection policies.

Monetary donations may be made by sending a cheque to ‘TV&GWOT’ at its registered office, Ledger Farm, Forest Green Road, Fifield, Maidenhead, Berks SL6 2NR using TV&GWOT’s
donation form or by submitting the completed donation form to enquiries@tvagwot.org.uk and making the donation via Paypal to  ‘payment@tvagwot.org.uk’  

Regular donations can be made by PayPal using the button above or by standing order. A Donation Standing Order form can be obtained from TV&GWOT at its registered office or by email from enquiries@tvagwot.org.uk.

CURRENT APPEAL – 556 RESTORATION

TV&GWOT launched an appeal in 2020, coinciding with the Centenary of the Thames Valley Traction Company Ltd registration, to acquire and restore Thames Valley LL6B 556 (FMO 938) which had been on loan.  Although in need of restoration, 556 is popular with enthusiasts and the public alike at TV&GWOT’s events but work is now needed for it to be used safely long term.

Donations have quickly provided for the vehicle purchase and the ongoing appeal is urgently seeking funds for the restoration.  With the TVTCo. Centenary celebration postponed from 12 July 2020 to 11 July 2021, there is a window of opportunity to prepare 556 to take pride of place at the Centenary+1 event.

TV&GWOT needs your help to make this a reality – find out more.

 

GIFT AID

If you are a UK tax payer TV&GWOT can also benefit from Gift Aid as explained on the UK Government’s Direct Gov website as follows:

“When an individual, sole trader or partnership gives money to a charity through Gift Aid, then you (i.e. the charity) can take their donation – which is money they’ve already paid tax on – and reclaim basic rate tax from HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) on its ‘gross’ equivalent – the amount before basic rate tax was deducted.

If a donor is a higher rate tax payer, they too can benefit from the tax relief as they can claim back the difference between the higher rates of tax at 40 or 50 per cent and the basic rate of tax at 20 per cent on the total value of their gross donation.” For further information see: https://www.gov.uk/donating-to-charity/gift-aid

DONATIONS OF OTHER ITEMS

TV&GWOT cares for and benefits from an important collection of library, ephemera, archive material and associated road transport relics which illustrate different aspect of our passenger road transport heritage.  The Trust welcomes the donation of such items for its growing collection or, if surplus to its needs or outside its collection policy, for sale to raise funds to help to achieve its objectives.  If material (including photographs) is your own work and thus your own copyright, it is important to specify in writing that you transfer this right to TV&GWOT (if that is your intention).  If material is not by you, then this should also be made clear to avoid inadvertent infringement of copyright.  If you wish to make a donation of any potentially suitable material to TV&GWOT please
contact us.

 
LEGACIES AND BEQUESTS

By leaving a gift in your will to TV&GWOT, you can help preserve the transport heritage of the Great Western Road Motors and their successors who operated bus services across the Thames Valley and West Country areas, from Paddington to Penzance. Our leaflet provides a guide – details are reproduced below.

As a registered charity neither TV&GWOT nor your beneficiaries need pay any inheritance tax on bequests from your estate.

Thank you for considering TV&GWOT as a beneficiary in your Will.  Legacies whatever size and whether financial or material are received with gratitude and respect.  They make a valued contribution and help preserve the collection for future generations.

Legacies can be a sum of money or the residue of your estate (once bequests to family and friends have been made and all other dues paid).  Bequests might be your transport collection or specific items from it, or other things likes stocks and shares.

Legacies to TV&GWOT’s ‘general charitable purposes’ go to the education of the public in the transport heritage, through the preservation of the collection and mounting of events for people to enjoy.  Legacies are not spent on administration.  You can add a rider to guide TV&GWOT’s Trustees/Directors expressing your preference for how the legacy is used.  This will be respected as far as practicable but allowing discretion ensures a legacy cannot be invalidated due to unforeseen circumstances.

Setting your wishes down in a Will ensures your intentions will be met.  It gives you peace of mind and is helpful to those eventually dealing with your estate.  We recommend that you consult an expert when drawing up your will but suggest the following alternative forms of wording for you to consider:

Legacy of cash

  I give free of tax to the Thames Valley & Great Western Omnibus Trust (Registered Charity No. 1125980) whose registered office is at Ledger Farm, Forest Green Road, Fifield, Maidenhead SL6 2NR, the sum of £________ (in figures and words) to be used for its general charitable purposes. I declare that the receipt of the Treasurer or other proper officer of the said Trust shall be full and sufficient discharge to my Executors

Legacy of residual estate

  Subject to the payment of my debts and testamentary expenses I give the whole of my estate not otherwise disposed of by this my Will to the Thames Valley & Great Western Omnibus Trust (Registered Charity No. 1125980) whose registered office is at Ledger Farm, Forest Green Road, Fifield, Maidenhead SL6 2NR, to be used for its general charitable purposes.

Bequest of Collection/Item(s)

  I give free of tax to the Thames Valley & Great Western Omnibus Trust (Registered Charity No. 1125980) whose registered office is at Ledger Farm, Forest Green Road, Fifield, Maidenhead SL6 2NR, *my collection of transport memorabilia and ephemera*, to be retained or disposed of at the discretion of its Trustees in furtherance of the Charity's charitable purposes.

*Notes*: This may be edited to describe your collection or to identify specific item(s). In such instances it can be helpful to your Executors and to ensure your intentions are followed if you list or indicate the location of the items you wish to bequeath in supplementary instructions.

If you are bequething material (including photographs) is your own work and thus your own copyright, it is important to specify separately in writing that you transfer this right to TV&GWOT (if that is your intention). If material is not by you, then this should also be made clear to avoid inadvertent infringement of copyright.

If you are considering bequeathing a vehicle to TV&GWOT the Trustees would particularly welcome early discussion of potential arrangements. There may be a cost in transporting it to a Trust site and/or for its ongoing storage and care and it will be important for planning to be in place with sufficient provision in your Will to ensure that your wishes, the vehicle and the Trust are all protected when the time comes. Discussions would be in strict confidence.

Amending your Will by codicil

If you already have a Will you can make a Codicil to include a new bequest to TV&GWOT which should be witnessed by two people.
Example wording could be:

  I………….………….(your name) of ……………………………………….. (address) declare this to be a first/second/……..# Codicil to my Will dated………………………

                              # insert number as appropriate

In addition to any legacies given by my said Will, I give free of tax to the Thames Valley & Great Western Omnibus Trust (Registered Charity No. 1125980) whose registered office is at Ledger Farm, Forest Green Road, Fifield, Maidenhead SL6 2NR, the sum of £________ (in figures and words) to be used for its general charitable purposes. I declare that the receipt of the Treasurer or other proper officer of the said Trust shall be full and sufficient discharge to my Executors.

In all other respect I confirm my said Will and any other codicils thereto.
In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand this …………………. day of ………………… (month)………………………..(year).
Signed by the said……………………………..(your signature) as a codicil to his/her last Will in the presence of us who at his/her request in his/her presence and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses
Signature of Witness…………………………………..
Witness Name…………………………………..
Witness Address…………………………………………………………………………………………………………
Signature of Witness…………………………………..
Witness Name…………………………………..
Witness Address………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

The above information can be downloaded in pdf format here.

If you have queries on any aspect of donations or bequest for the benefit of TV&GWOT, please do not hesitate to contact the Trustees for a confidential discussion without commitment.  In the first instance please email: enquiries@tvagwot.org.uk

 

 
 

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