Help BHF in your Will

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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 7 mil­lion peo­ple liv­ing with th­ese con­di­tions right now.

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.

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.

A re­cent sur­vey to sup­port ‘Will Power’, the BHF’s cam­paign to en­cour­age peo­ple to con­sider leav­ing a legacy in their Will, showed that Scot­tish peo­ple would like to be re­mem­bered for their gen­eros­ity, kind­ness and hu­mour over their wealth or pro­fes­sional work achieve­ments. Over two thirds of those asked said they wished they could do more to help oth­ers and a fifth 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 Spe­cial visit There was a spe­cial buzz around Liv­ingston when the Singing Chil­dren of Africa vis­ited West Loth­ian Col­lege and Har­rysmuir and Bank­ton Pri­mary Schools. They spent the day en­joy­ing classes, shar­ing their mu­sic, mak­ing new friend­ships with pupils, stu­dents and teach­ers alike. A great time was also had at Jump­Sta­tion who were happy to pro­vide an hour’s fun for 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 the group free of charge and staff and cus­tomers en­joyed their singing at the venue. How­den Park Cen­tre was their fi­nal evening of en­ter­tain­ment and an ex­cit­ing con­cert sup­ported by lo­cal vo­cal­ists, Tracey B, Amy Bail­lie and Next Step School of Dance was en­joyed by all who at­tended. This was pos­si­ble through the gen­er­ous sup­port of West Loth­ian Coun­cil and the char­ity Ed­u­cate the Kids would like to thank the coun­cil and schools for their gen­eros­ity in sup­port­ing the chil­dren who are all spon­sored and live in very poor con­di­tions near Mom­basa in Kenya. They went on to com­plete the Edinburgh Kilt­walk and vis­ited Dundee and Aberdeen be­fore con­tin­u­ing their tour and head­ing south to York­shire and Som­er­set.

Many of us will work for most of our lives and will be able to ap­pre­ci­ate the im­por­tance of hav­ing a rou­tine and feel­ing val­ued for the con­tri­bu­tions that we make to our so­ci­ety. It is un­der­stand­able then that as peo­ple en­ter re­tire­ment, they can be­come in­creas­ingly cut off from so­ci­ety and feel that they are no longer play­ing an ac­tive part in their com­mu­ni­ties.

With more than a third of peo­ple over 75 ad­mit­ting that they feel lonely, I’d like to tell your read­ers how vol­un­teer­ing can be a great way to com­bat iso­la­tion while mak­ing a huge dif­fer­ence to wor­thy causes, just like our own, all across the UK. I work for Re­vi­talise – an amaz­ing na­tional char­ity that pro­vides respite hol­i­days for dis­abled peo­ple and car­ers. We are proud to run the largest res­i­den­tial vol­un­teer­ing pro­gramme of any UK char­ity, wel­com­ing thou­sands of vol­un­teers of all ages to spend time with our char­ity each year.

Our vol­un­teers are our magic in­gre­di­ent – help­ing to cre­ate the lively and wel­com­ing at­mos­phere that so many of our guests have come to know and love all year round.

And, no mat­ter what their mo­ti­va­tion for spend­ing time with us, there is al­ways the op­por­tu­nity to meet new peo­ple, make new friends and make a dif­fer­ence to the lives of the dis­abled peo­ple and car­ers that we sup­port. If you would like to find out more about Re­vi­talise or if you’re in­ter­ested in be­com­ing a vol­un­teer please visit www. re­vi­talise.org.uk or call our vol­un­teer team on 0303 303 0163.

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