Have the will power for BHF

Harefield Gazette - - YOUR SAY -

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, res­i­dents in the south-east left over £16.4 mil­lion in their wills to the Bri­tish Heart Foun­da­tion to help fund life­sav­ing re­search into heart and cir­cu­la­tory dis­ease, in­clud­ing heart dis­ease, stroke and vas­cu­lar de­men­tia.

I would per­son­ally 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 ap­prox­i­mately 940,000 peo­ple in the south-east 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 into heart and cir­cu­la­tory con­di­tions.

A re­cent sur­vey to sup­port ‘will power’, the BHF’s cam­paign to en­cour­age peo­ple to con­sider leav­ing a legacy in their will, showed that the Bri­tish pub­lic would like to be re­mem­bered for their gen­eros­ity, kind­ness and hu­mour over their wealth or pro­fes­sional work achieve­ments.

Seven in 10 of those asked said they wished they could do more to help oth­ers and a quar­ter said they wanted their will to im­prove the lives of oth­ers.

I would like to en­cour­age those peo­ple to down­load our free wills guide and I must take the op­por­tu­nity to thank all of the gen­er­ous sup­port­ers – past, present and fu­ture – for their con­tri­bu­tions to the BHF.

We couldn’t make med­i­cal break­throughs such as heart trans­plants and pace­mak­ers with­out your gen­eros­ity and sup­port and it is be­cause of your sup­port that we con­tinue to fund £100 mil­lion of re­search into heart and cir­cu­la­tory con­di­tions ev­ery year – thank you.

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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