Jessica Thompson, Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

Ashley Rowthorn Uncategorised

Legacy Link are proud to have recently awarded the Crispin Ellison bursary award, launched earlier this year, which aims to support the professional development of the recipient by providing funding for them to complete the ILM Certificate in Charity Legacy Administration (CiCLA).

We’d like to share a bit about our recipients and how the bursary award will impact their work and the work of their charities.

Jessica has been the Legacy Manager for Yorkshire Wildlife Trust for the last seven years, taking care of legacies from the very first enquiry right through to the closing of a file. She therefore has a very varied role which includes raising awareness of why legacies are so important internally and externally, answering questions from potential pledgers and staff, looking after known pledgers and then dealing with the administration of any estate.

Jessica felt that in order to ensure that Yorkshire Wildlife Trust has the income it needs to protect and conserve wildlife throughout the county, she needed to be qualified to deal with the complexities of legacy administration and she believed that by completing the CiCLA this would help her to improve her knowledge and extend her network, as well as improving her confidence in dealing with complex cases.

Upon receiving the award, Jessica said:

“I’m so grateful to Legacy Link for awarding me the first Crispin Ellison bursary. Taking the CiCLA will give me the knowledge and the confidence I need to navigate my way through an increasingly complicated caseload, whilst reassuring Yorkshire Wildlife Trust and the friends and families of our generous legators that every gift we are left is being administered both correctly and in line with our values.”

Rob Stoneman, CEO of the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, said:

“Legacy income is crucial for Yorkshire Wildlife Trust to continue its work to fight against the decline of our wildlife heritage. This bursary award will make a huge difference to this fight giving Jessica Thompson and Yorkshire Wildlife Trust the skills and knowledge we need to administer legacies most effectively, ensuring anyone who chooses to leave the Trust a gift can do so knowing their gift will be used to protect wildlife throughout the county.”

Legacy Link are pleased to be able to support Jessica and the YWT through the bursary award and we are sure that Jessica will continue to be a real asset to her charity and the sector as a whole.