Over the years, many generous alumni and friends of the School have chosen to remember Belfast Royal Academy in their will. This is the gift of a lifetime and one which we are honoured to receive. After you have taken care of the people closest to you, a portion of your remaining funds could make a significant difference to our finances. The impact of past bequests has been huge: building projects, new facilities, sport coaching, participation in educational programmes and bursaries… we would not be the school we are today without this tradition of generosity.
You may have fond memories of being a pupil. You, your children or your grandchildren may have benefitted from the education and the ethos of the school. Whatever your reasons, you can be assured that when you leave a legacy to the school, your gift will be used to maintain the education, facilities and experiences that make Belfast Royal Academy a unique school.
A gift in your will can be a tax efficient way of making a significant donation to the School that may be unaffordable during your lifetime. Any gift to a registered charity made in your will, whether in the form of cash, shares, property, or other items, is deducted from your estate before Inheritance tax is calculated and therefore can reduce the tax liability on your estate.
Leave a gift in your will and help safeguard Belfast Royal Academy’s future.
Former pupil, the Reverend John McConnell Auld, who passed away recently at the age of 90, left a substantial bequest to the School to support pupils and forthcoming developments. After leaving School he went on to become Head of Divinity at Belfast Royal Academical Institution and also served as an Ulster Unionist councillor as well as Mayor of North Down Council. He is also infamous for having built the smallest church in Ireland, St Gobban’s in Portbradden on the North Antrim Coast!
Principal, Hilary Woods commented “The school was very honoured to receive this significant legacy donation from the Reverend Auld. Over the years, generous individuals such as him have made the decision to include the Academy in their wills and the impact of such bequests is huge, allowing us to enrich the lives of our pupils and enhance our facilities.”
The School was very honoured to have recently received the kind donation of a beautiful Colin Gibson painting of the Crombie Building from the family of former pupil, the late Mr Fred Buick. Fred was a pupil at the school from 1944-1951 and his family contacted us to confirm it was his wish to donate the painting to the School as a gesture of appreciation for the value he placed upon the education he received at Belfast Royal Academy.