Help BHF in your Will
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.