How Legacies Help Us Continue Building Better Futures

Has Scouting changed your life? Do you want to leave a lasting legacy so future generations of local Scouts can enjoy the same if not better experiences you did? If you would like to leave us something in a Will we’d like to know about it so we can thank you while we still can.

We are preparing young people for life

As Scouts, we believe in preparing young people with skills for life. We encourage our young people to do more, learn more and be more. Each week, we give over 1100 young people the opportunity to enjoy fun and adventure while developing the skills they need to succeed, now and in the future. All legacy income we receive goes towards developing skills for life #SkillsForLife

Longer term projects

Mersey Weaver District Scout Centre

We are currently in the early development stages of rebuilding our District Scout Centre. This will become a hub for Scouting in the District and house a number of exciting facilities for young people to use. This includes administrate offices, meeting rooms, training facilities, a catering kitchen, auditorium, space for indoor residential, climbing and bouldering walls, an indoor shooting and archery range, our district shop, storage for additional equipment like sailing boats and other watercraft.

The building currently houses our 14-18 provision (Explorers) who have seen significant growth over the past couple of years and desperately need new facilities to support their programme. We hope to create a space that will not only benefit Scouting but the wider community who can make use of the facilities too. We very much see Frodsham as the hub of the District joining the spokes of the Mersey Weaver together.

We need to invigorate this space, creating a new and exciting setting.  A hub where visitors not only make connections with each other, but are also able to discover a connection to the past through the display of Scouting Memorabilia and photographs.

Queen Charlotte’s Wood Activity Centre

Queen Charlotte’s Wood comprises of nine acres of undulating woodland and sheltered grass sites that make it suitable for Group or Patrol camping. The site is positioned between Frodsham and Helsby Hills, at the end of the sandstone ridge that runs NW to NE across the Cheshire plain, making it an ideal base site for those completing their Duke of Edinburgh Award or wishing to walk the Sandstone Trail. Many campers come to Queen Charlotte’s Wood to get back to basics and practice bushcraft or backwoods cooking, others come for the excellent hiding places to play wide games and spots to build dens and Bivi’s. We have maintained the site for over 50 years now and this year we are celebrating 25 years of, ‘The Hideaway’ – our extremely comfortable and much loved cabin.

We are looking to make some much needed enhancements to the site so young people can continue to enjoy outdoor spaces and have the opportunity to have nights away experiences.

How To Leave A Legacy

  1. Firstly work out the value of your estate, ensuring that you include property, investments and any debts.
  2. Then choose your beneficiaries – the people or charities you’d like to remember in your Will. Many people leave a percentage of their estate to the Scouts (also called a residuary gift). This ensures that loved ones are provided for first.
  3.  Appoint your executors – the individuals responsible for ensuring that your wishes are fulfilled. They will be named in your Will.
  4. Visit a solicitor, who will have your Will drawn up. Everyone’s circumstances are different, and it is therefore strongly advisable that you get reliable professional advice on the best options available to you when writing a Will.
  5. Keep your Will somewhere safe. Your solicitor will often look after it for you, but you may wish to retain your own copy too and Tell a relative or close friend where the original copy of your Will is stored.
  6.  Complete your pledge form, which you can find below this guide, to share your intentions – we’d love the chance to thank you properly!
  • Pledge Form

    Thank you for choosing to leave a legacy in your Will to help us to continue providing young people with SkillsForLife. Completing the form below will allow us to thank you properly and enable us to keep you up to date with how we are using legacy income to help secure the future of Scouting in Mersey Weaver. In particular we would like to hear about why you chose to support Mersey Weaver in this special way. Your pledge will be handled in the upmost and strictest confidentiality.
  • If you have already included a gift in your Will to Mersey Weaver Scouts, or intend to in the future, we would very much like to hear your story. This information will be treated in confidence and is not binding in any way but will help us understand why people choose to support our organisation in this way.
    You might like to specify how your legacy is used