As a Professor at the British Heart Foundation (BHF) Centre of Regenerative Medicine, University of Oxford, I see first-hand how devastating heart disease can be. We are determined to spare more families the pain of losing a loved one to these conditions.
Research funded by the BHF has helped halve death rates from heart and circulatory diseases over the past 50 years. 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.
In the past year South East residents left £14.5 million in their Wills to the British Heart Foundation to help fund life saving cardiovascular research. I would personally like to honour these people and express our gratitude to their families for making research breakthroughs possible and helping to save thousands of lives.
But there’s still so much more to do, and there are 940,000 people in the South East living with cardiovascular disease right now. A new study shows that nearly a third of over 65s polled in the South East would consider leaving a gift to charity in their Will, the top motivations for this included ‘wanting to make a difference’ and it ‘feeling like the right thing to do’.
I would like to say a huge thank you to all those who have already decided to support the BHF in this unique way and encourage more people to consider doing the same, so we can unlock further medical breakthroughs and save more lives.
A gift of any size, after you’ve provided for your loved ones, will enable the BHF to continue to fund pioneering research so we can beat heart and circulatory disease for good.
To find out more about leaving a gift in your Will, please visit bhf.org.uk/wills
Professor Paul Riley, of the British Heart Foundation Centre of Regenerative Medicine, University of Oxford