Leaving a gift in your will is a wonderful way of supporting local communities for generations to come.  Berkshire Community Foundation offers an ideal way to leave a legacy efficiently and easily, with a number of options available to ensure that your legacy achieves exactly what you want it to. 

Why leaving a legacy is so beneficial:

  • Your gift will keep on giving, permanently generating income to benefit local people.
  • A “Named Fund” will ensure your name will live on.
  • You can decide whether to leave a legacy to support a particular cause or area, or provide us with the flexibility to support a variety of important causes and to respond to changing needs in the future.
  • As a charity, legacies left to the Foundation are exempt from inheritance tax.
Pat's Lasting Memories Fund

Following receipt of a legacy via Blandy & Blandy, a leading independent firm of solicitors based in Reading, Pat’s Lasting Memories Fund was set up to provide grants to enhance the quality of life and promote inclusion for adults with learning and physical disabilities over the age of 18 in the Reading area.


“Berkshire Community Foundation provided a simple and cost efficient way of establishing a fund that could meet the Testator’s intentions”.

Jonathan Gater
Partner, Blandy & Blandy

Reading Mencap

In February 2015, Reading Mencap was awarded £10,000 from Pat’s Lasting Memories Fund.  Reading Mencap aims to improve the quality of life of people with a learning disability and their carers by ensuring that they have access to the relevant support and services to enable them to live full and active lives, free from discrimination and fear.  Services include a Family Support Service, regular activity groups and short breaks (respite) for families to have some time off from their caring responsibilities.

Reading Mencap