Help heart foun­da­tion

Rutherglen Reformer - - Reformer View - Dear edi­tor,

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 us help the seven mil­lion peo­ple liv­ing with those con­di­tions.

In the past year alone, res­i­dents in Scot­land left over £6.1 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 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 685,000 peo­ple in Scot­land 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.

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.

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

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