Leaving a legacy

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“More animals like Sam are getting a second chance in life thanks to gifts in Wills. That is a remarkable legacy for someone to leave behind.”

Richard Grainger – Animal Care Assistant

Leaving a legacy

Leaving a gift in your Will to the RSPCA Chesterfield & North Derbyshire Branch is a promise to be there for lost, abandoned and neglected animals in the future.

It’s a gift from the heart that will change lives and help the RSPCA Chesterfield Animal Centre continue to give vulnerable animals a second chance in life. We could not carry out our work without such generous support.

Gifts in Wills

Why support our Branch’s work?

The RSPCA Chesterfield & North Derbyshire Branch is important to people for many reasons; you may have adopted one of our rescued animals, volunteered for us or required our assistance and support at some point. We remain dedicated to animal welfare within the local community. All donations we receive including legacies play a vital role in sustaining our future and are solely used for the work of the RSPCA Chesterfield & North Derbyshire Branch.

In 1938, our Branch was founded with the pledge to protect and care for animals, and never tolerate cruelty. It’s a promise to animals that we’ve worked hard to keep ever since, and one that over our lifetime hundreds of people have helped us to deliver, by remembering us in their Will. These gifts are vital to the work we do helping animals in need.

You’ll never stop caring – neither will we

Through our Chesterfield Animal Centre we rehabilitate, reunite and rehome around 800 animals each year, offering them access to veterinary treatment, safe accommodation and care from our dedicated team of trained staff and volunteers. We give our region’s most vulnerable animals the care and protection they need and finding them loving, permanent homes has been our passion for over 80 years.

We rely on the generosity and support of animal lovers like you to continue to be here for every single animal that needs our help.

By remembering the RSPCA Chesterfield Animal Centre in your Will, your incredible gift, whatever size, will transform the lives of countless animals and give them the second chance they so desperately deserve, now and for many years to come.

How to remember us in your Will

Making or amending a Will raises many important questions. We understand you will want to think about these in your own time, on your own terms and with your family and loved ones in mind.

There are a number of different ways you can remember the RSPCA Chesterfield & North Derbyshire Branch in your Will, depending on your circumstances. Every gift, whatever the size, makes a real difference. We’re here to guide you through the process, so you can continue to protect animals, always.

Maxie’s story

Maxie was brought into our care by an RSPCA Inspector in April 2017. He had been starved by his owner and was so weak when rescued he struggled to make his way up the stairs. Maxie weighed a pitiful 11kg, instead of the 18kg he should have been.

Our dedicated team provided Maxie with the specialist care and nursing he needed to get him back to full heath. Animal Care Manager, Gary Taylor said: “In my 20 years of working in animal welfare, Maxie was one of the thinnest dogs I’ve ever met. Despite his ordeal he was such a sweet dog and always pleased to see people.”

Maxie’s owner subsequently appeared at Chesterfield Magistrates’ Court where he pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to Maxie. He received a 10 year ban from keeping animals and was handed a 12-week prison sentence suspended for 12 months.

The court heard that Maxie was given a body condition score of one out of nine and he was so emaciated he had no muscle tone to his legs. RSPCA inspector Rachel Leafe, who rescued Maxie, said: “Put simply, Maxie was starved as a result of not being fed properly. You could see every single bone in his body; he looked like a skeleton with fur. He also had an overgrown claw, which was curling over into his pad and would have been incredibly painful for him.”

We give priority to animals most in need of our help


of the animals that came into our care in 2017 were because of welfare related concerns

When Maxie first arrived at our animal centre he was severely emaciated. Weighing only 60% of his ideal body weight, he was so weak he could not walk into the vets.

After four months of intense rehabilitation, Maxie eventually reached his ideal body weight and was placed up for re-homing. He soon found a new owner who completely fell in love with him and cannot imagine life without him. “Maxie is so loving and kind, he just wants to cuddle everyone he meets! He really has made our home complete.”

Maxie’s story is not unique and is just a glimpse of what we can achieve with your support. It shows how your commitment to protecting animals from cruelty can live on for years to come – no matter how big or small your gift.

Number of animals helped in 2017 by the RSPCA Chesterfield Animal Centre due to welfare related concerns

Maxie with his new owner

Getting in touch

We understand that leaving a gift in your Will to the RSPCA Chesterfield & North Derbyshire Branch is a very special and personal choice and we are here to help you.

If you have any questions about remembering us in your Will, just get in touch with our Branch Manager using the following contact details:

Email: giftsinwills@chesterfield-rspca.org.uk
Phone: 01246 273358
Post: RSPCA Chesterfield & North Derbyshire Branch, 137 Spital Lane, Chesterfield, Derbyshire S41 0HL