Helping the hearts of tomorrow, today

Leave a Gift in your Will

Heart Research UK funds pioneering medical research projects which aim to benefit patients as soon as possible. Every year over half of our income is made up from gifts made in Wills, a lifeline we couldn’t do without.

If you want to know more about Heart Research UK, the work we do and leaving us a gift in your Will, see if we answer your question in our FAQs. Alternatively, please contact us on 0113 234 7474 or email

Writing your Will

Writing a Will is important, it makes sure that your wishes are carried out and avoids confusion for your family and friends at an already difficult time. It doesn’t need to be a hard or daunting task but we do recommend you see a solicitor who will be able to make sure your wishes are not misunderstood later on.Before you meet with your solicitor it’s a good idea to use our Will Planner, this will help you keep track of the things you own, who you want to leave gifts to and who you want to be responsible for making sure your wishes are carried out.

You need to think about What you own and an estimate of what it is worth
For example your house, savings, insurance policies etc. It can also be helpful to make a list of what you owe, so always consider outstanding bills and loans when doing your estimate.

Take your Will planner with you to your solicitor along with our recommended wording for gifts to Heart Research UK.

Make a Pledge

If you are planning on leaving a Gift to Heart Research UK or have already done so we would love to hear from you, get in touch by emailing - There are downloads available at the bottom of the page with futher information.

Sue Naylor

Why your gift is important

Dorothy Philips and Riley Platts (pictured) never met but together they make a heart-warming story. Riley was born with a serious heart condition and needed open heart surgery when he was just a baby and he will unfortunately need more operations as he grows older.

Dorothy left a gift to Heart Research UK in her Will. It's thanks to people like her that we can help people like Riley. We are currently funding a project at Bristol Heart Institute, which will help children born with heart conditions like Riley. The project is developing a technique to grow new arteries for babies born with heart defects. These arteries will grow with the child and remove the need for multiple traumatic operations as they get older.

We understand that family comes first. Many people think they have to leave a lot of money in their Will to have an impact. This isn’t true at all, in fact in 2017 almost a quarter of gifts left to us were £100 or less. You can also consider leaving a residuary legacy, a share of what is left over once you have looked after your family.

If you want to find out more about leaving a gift to Heart Research UK or want to let us know that you have already done so please get in contact, we would love to hear from you.

I'm an executor

We are so grateful for gifts left to us in Wills and to executors for taking on the responsibility for following these people’s wishes. Here you can find information you may need if Heart Research UK is a beneficiary. Please feel free to get in touch if you have any other questions.

Please inform us of a gift as soon as possible, this means we can take the deceased off our donor list so they don’t get any future mailings, we understand this can often be distressing.

We would be grateful if you could send us:

- The full name of the deceased
- Their address (previous address if they have moved to a care home)
- The date of death- Executor’s name and contact details
- Copy of the Will
- Any reason this gift was made

Payment information

Below are the details you need to make a payment.

- By Cheque: Please make cheques payable to Heart Research UK and post to Heart Research UK, Suite 12D, Joseph’s Well, Leeds, LS3 1AB
- By Bank Transfer: Please contact us before sending money via bank transfer so we can let you know a reference number.


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