Re­mem­ber heart char­ity in will

Glamorgan Gazette - - Your Views -

AS chief ex­ec­u­tive at the Bri­tish Heart Foun­da­tion (BHF) I see first hand the in­cred­i­ble im­pact gifts left in wills make to the char­ity. Re­search funded by the BHF has helped halve death rates from heart and cir­cu­la­tory dis­eases over the past 50 years, and so much of our work has only been pos­si­ble thanks to the amaz­ing in­di­vid­u­als who have re­mem­bered the BHF in their will.

These spe­cial gifts fund more than a quar­ter of all car­dio­vas­cu­lar re­search in the UK, which makes them in­cred­i­bly im­por­tant to help us beat heart­break for­ever for the seven mil­lion peo­ple liv­ing with these con­di­tions right now.

In the past year alone, peo­ple in Wales left over £3.75 mil­lion in their wills to the Bri­tish Heart Foun­da­tion to help fund life-sav­ing re­search into heart and cir­cu­la­tory dis­ease, in­clud­ing heart dis­ease, stroke and vas­cu­lar de­men­tia. I would like to hon­our these peo­ple and ex­press our grat­i­tude for the re­search break­throughs and thou­sands of lives they have helped to save.

But there’s still so much more to do, and there are about 375,000 peo­ple in Wales liv­ing with car­dio­vas­cu­lar dis­ease right now. A gift of any size, af­ter you’ve pro­vided for your loved ones, will en­able the BHF to con­tinue to fund pioneer­ing re­search to find fu­ture cures and treat­ments.

To find out more about leav­ing a gift in your will and to down­load a free wills guide, please visit bhf.org.uk/wills Si­mon Gille­spie Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Bri­tish Heart Foun­da­tion

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