Leaving a gift in your Will
Gifts left in Wills account for one third of the income we receive from individuals. Leaving a gift in your Will to Kidney Research UK really does help us to ensure that we can continue our groundbreaking research into kidney disease.
Gifts in Wills have already helped us to achieve so much
- The identification of an enzyme which leads to kidney scarring in patients with polycystic kidney disease. Scarring is the number one cause of kidney failure. Through further research, it is hoped that scarring can be prevented.
- The discovery that a protein found in the blood sends signals to cells telling them to die or divide and grow – the latter leading to kidney cancer. If it’s possible to send signals to the protein telling it to die it could stop the growth of cancerous tumours.
- Preparing kidneys for transplantation by mimicking the conditions of the human body in an external environment. This has the potential to reduce the number of kidneys which are discarded because they are unviable and to increase the success rate of transplants.
“Imagine a future where increasing numbers of people are denied a chance to lead a fulfilling life because of kidney disease, and how amazing it would be if children of the future were less at risk from this ‘silent’ and life-limiting condition.
You can help save precious lives by remembering Kidney Research UK in your Will. You can help ensure that years from now, through the help of our wonderful researchers, scientists and of course, our supporters, we can go on to make a real difference to more people’s lives – these are values that I hold very close to my heart.” Michael Aspel, OBE
Joan Jones’ husband, Ray, was one of the first kidney dialysis patients in the UK, back in 1963. During the 29 years through which he suffered from kidney disease until his death in 1991, he trialled new treatments and became an inspiration to healthcare professionals and other kidney patients across the world.
“Ray had been so brave, so strong, a wonderful man. He’d led the way, been a pioneer, survived on dialysis longer than anyone had. He survived against the odds in the early days as his kidneys failed and his body was poisoned by toxins. During this time so much progress has been made, but there is still so much more to understand about kidney disease and its causes and treatment. I donate money annually to Kidney Research UK and there’ll be a legacy too. It feels like such a small thing after the incredible life that Ray and I were able to have. But it’s small things like that which will make a difference to other people just like Ray who have so much to live for and so much to give.” Joan Jones (pictured above).
No matter how small, your gift could help us fund more research
£550 could pay for a Gilson Pipette to study the function of the parathyroid gland in kidney disease.
£1,400 could pay for a year’s worth of antibodies to be used when researching the causes of kidney disease.
£3,000 could pay for the plasticware required for a research study looking at the potential of stem cells to repair kidney damage in Alports Syndrome.
£8,000 could pay for two dual infusion pumps to be used when testing the viability of kidneys for transplantation.
£17,000 could pay for a junior researcher to spend a year studying the cause of kidney cancer.
We understand that friends and family come first, but once your loved ones have been taken care of please consider leaving something to support our work and help us ensure that we can continue to fund research for many years to come.
To find out more
We hold legacy receptions, where you can meet researchers to find out more about the groundbreaking research we fund, and get more information about leaving a gift in your Will.
The receptions are from 11.45am – 2pm and in 2016 they will be on:
- Wednesday 21 September - Athelhampton House and Gardens, Dorchester, Dorset
If you would like to attend a reception or for more information about leaving a gift in your Will please email our supporter care team or call them on 0300 303 1100. Alternatively, request a free gift in your Will booklet.
How to leave a gift in your Will
Writing a Will can seem daunting, and we always advise that you speak with a solicitor about it. However, if you have any questions about remembering Kidney Research UK in your Will then please do not hesitate to contact our supporter care team or call them on 0300 303 1100.
Leaving a gift in your Will is often far simpler than people think. We can provide some advice and support if you are thinking of including a gift and don’t know where to start. But here’s some simple steps:
- State in your Will that you would like to leave a gift. We always recommend using a professional legal adviser, such as a solicitor, to write or make changes to your Will
- Include our full name, address and charity number – so that you can be sure the gift goes to the right place: Kidney Research UK, Nene Hall, Lynch Wood Park, Peterborough PE2 6FZ, UK. Registered Charity Number: 252892
- Include any wishes as to how you would like us to use your gift – it’s worth speaking to us first if you do have any specific wishes, so that we can make sure that we can fulfil those wishes when the time comes
The contents of your Will are private, as are your intentions for your estate. However, if you choose to let us know that you have included a gift to Kidney Research UK in your Will then we would love to hear from you. Quite simply this gives us the opportunity to say thank you for choosing to support us in this valuable way.
Thank you for your interest in supporting Kidney Research UK with a gift in your Will – these gifts are so important in enabling us to continue funding groundbreaking research and getting a step closer to finding a cure for kidney disease.
If you decide that the time is right and you wish to remember Kidney Research UK in your Will then thank you – your support will make a genuine difference to our work. In return we pledge to use your gift efficiently and effectively to support research where it is most urgent and where possible to respect any wishes you might have for how we use that gift.