Donations, Fundraising & Gifts in Wills


However you choose to support us, your money goes directly into maintaining this historic site for the enjoyment of Bristol and beyond.

Arnos Vale receives no government or council funding*. We rely on the generosity of the public and the income from our private and public events to keep this historic gem open for the community.

The Coronavirus pandemic has meant that our events have been cancelled. With our income hit hard, most of our small team were furloughed and our volunteers remained at home. This has had a significant effect on our operations.

Now more than ever we are reliant on your support. All donations will make a difference, no matter their size. We will put your money directly back into maintaining the 45 acre cemetery site and the numerous listed buildings and monuments for the enjoyment of Bristol and the wider community.

*Arnos Vale Cemetery is a charity and is run by a charitable Trust called Arnos Vale Cemetery Trust (AVCT). It is not run by the council and it does not receive any local or central authority funding. Day to day, we rely on a small team and dedicated volunteers to maintain the space. 

Online Donations

Donate via Virgin Money Giving
(using a card or your PayPal account)

Donate via PayPal Giving Fund
(using a card or your PayPal account)

Text Donations

Text ARNOS to 70085 to donate £5. This costs £5 plus a std rate message.

Or, to give a regular donation by text, text LOVEAV to donate £10 per month and opt in to hear more about our work and fundraising via telephone and SMS. Or text LOVEAVNOINFO to donate £10 and not receive marketing communications. Texts cost £10 plus two std rate messages.

Postal Donations

Send a cheque, made payable to Arnos Vale Cemetery Trust, to Arnos Vale Cemetery, West Lodge, Bath Road, Bristol BS4 3EW.

Leaving a Gift in Your Will

A gift in your Will is an incredible way to celebrate your love of Arnos Vale. A legacy can help selfguard our work by protecting our wonderful heritage; allowing nature to thrive and inspiring the next generation to value, enjoy and visit this wonderful place.


To speak to a member of the team about donations, fundraising, or leaving a gift in your Will, please send an enquiry using the form below:

    I consent to being contacted by Arnos Vale Cemetery about my enquiry using the details above.

    Or email

    A Gift in your Will


    Your legacy, with love

    After you’ve taken care of loved ones, you may wish to leave a gift in your Will to Arnos Vale. These kind gifts protect our wonderful heritage; allowing nature to thrive and inspiring the next generation to value, enjoy and visit this wonderful place.  Gifts in Wills are used right at the heart of our work: from restoring our listed buildings and protecting wildlife habitats, to repairing pathways and working with communities.

    How you’re remembered

    Your Will tells the people you leave behind about the person you are. It also helps pass on your principles and the values that matter to you.

    Your greatest gift

    We all have financial commitments, which means we can’t always do as much as we’d like while we are here. So a gift in your Will, of as little as one percent of your estate, is an opportunity to give more than you might ever have been able to give in your lifetime, ensuring this special place is protected and enhanced long into the future.

    How to leave your legacy

    If you’d like to include Arnos Vale in your Will, please ask your solicitor to use our full name and details to ensure the gift reaches us. These are:

    Arnos Vale Cemetery Trust, a charity registered in England and Wales no. 1120210. Registered office: West Lodge, Arnos Vale Cemetery, Bath Road, BS4 3EW.

    There are a number of things to consider when making your Will. If you’d like to receive our checklist and guide, please email

    Telling us about your special gift

    Your Will is personal and it’s entirely up to you if you wish to share this information. But if you do choose to tell us, we’d love to be able to thank you properly and let you know how your gift can help.


    The Friends of Arnos Vale Cemetery

    Previously known as The Association for the Preservation of Arnos Vale Cemetery, set up originally in 1987 to campaign to save the cemetery, the Friends of Arnos Vale Cemetery now continue to fundraise to support the Trust with ongoing improvements to the Cemetery.

    Over the last 32 years the Friends have contributed over £165,000 to the restoration programme.  Our Volunteers continue to support the Trust on all types of landscaping work, as tour guides and in the gift shop and reception.

    In June 2015 we were recognised with The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service - the MBE for volunteers – for outstanding work in local communities.

    More recently, we have funded the first two phases of the restoration of The Cloisters, supported the Trust with a major purchase of a new van, another chainsaw and a battery-operated strimmer.

    Our Aims:

    1. To support Arnos Vale Cemetery Trust in promoting Arnos Vale Cemetery as a place of remembrance, recreation, heritage, wildlife and learning, which is sustainable, viable and valued by all its stakeholders
    2. To support the Trust through volunteer roles: to include grounds maintenance, visitor reception, shop, office administration and research, tour guiding, talks and event support plus other appropriate volunteering activities
    3. To carry out fundraising for specific Cemetery projects in agreement with the Trust

    To find out more about The Friends of Arnos Vale, email To join us, please complete the 2021 membership application form.