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Have you thought about leaving a lasting legacy?  

Leaving Heart Research UK a gift in your will, asking for a donation in lieu of flowers or setting up an In Memory Fund can be a great comfort and a fitting way to remember a loved one.  

Leaving a legacy

The majority of our work is funded by legacies from people who have been kind enough to remember us in their will.  These generous people are often comforted by the fact that they will be helping hearts of future generations as their gift is used to fund research into the prevention, treatment and cure of heart disease.

Why legacies are 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 died, aged 92, leaving a legacy to Heart Research UK. It's thanks to people leaving us a gift in their will, like Dorothy did, that we can help people like Riley. We are currently funding a project at Bristol Heart Institute, which 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. Read more about this project HERE.

Projects like this are developed to help young patients like Riley, to give them a better chance of living healthier, happier, longer lives. Your generous help with a legacy will make sure we can continue helping hearts now and in the future.

BBC Radio Four Today programme presenter, Justin Webb (pictured), had heart surgery after suffering chest pains.  Now back to full fitness, he fully respects the medical research that led to the development of treatments and procedures that saved his life.  He said, “I am back at work and healthy and my children still have a father thanks to the amazing progress we have made in heart medicine in recent years."

If you would like to leave a legacy to Heart Research UK, please let your solicitor know our registered charity number: 1044821 and address: Heart Research UK, Suite 12D, Joseph's Well, Leeds, LS3 1AB.  If you have questions, please contact us on 0113 234 7474 or email development@heartresearch.org.uk you can also read more about writing a will.