Invest in animal welfare for generations to come

Leaving a gift in your Will to the Animal Welfare Foundation is a touching way to ensure your passion for animal welfare lives on and plays a part in guaranteeing the future of furthering animal welfare.

Whether a legacy gift is £100, £100,000 or anything in between each one is essential in helping us achieve our aim; animals enjoying a better life thanks to advanced animal welfare practices based on veterinary knowledge. By leaving a legacy to the Animal Welfare Foundation you will be helping to improve the health and welfare of animals across the UK.

  1. “The AWF was established in 1983 with the proceeds of a legacy from Colleen Macleod. The legacy was used establish the ‘Colleen Macleod Chair in Animal Welfare’ at Cambridge University. On his appointment to the post Professor Donald Broom was hailed as the world’s first professor of animal welfare.”

    Today there are more than 30 professors of animal welfare around the world and many more who work principally in this area.
  2. “Norman Hayward was a farmer with a passionate belief in the health and welfare of his stock. His legacy founded the Norman Hayward Fund, which have funded over £1,000,000 of research into animal welfare issues in horses, cattle and sheep.”

    For more information on the impact Norman Hayward has had on animal welfare, a list of research funded can be found on our grants archive page.

Funeral and Memorial Service Donations

If animal welfare is an issue which your loved one felt strongly about we can help recognise their commitment after they’re gone.

We are always touched when the families of recently departed loved ones request that donations be made to AWF in lieu of funeral flowers. It’s such a kind gesture at such a difficult time.

You can also request collection envelopes which include information about AWF and the option to donate safely by card or cheque.

How to leave a legacy

How to leave a legacy

AWF was founded through a generous legacy whatever gift you may have to leave, at whatever level, will help us on our mission to improve animal welfare.

Notify us of your legacy gift

Notify us of your legacy gift

As the majority of our income comes from gifts in Wills, your support is absolutely invaluable.

AWF is always honoured to receive a legacy that will help us continue our vital animal welfare work.

Receipt of legacies and any enquiries about how to distribute these gifts should be directed the team at or 020 7908 6334.