Gifts in Wills

Leave a Gift in your Will to the Heart Research Institute (UK) and support further groundbreaking research to prevent, detect and treat cardiovascular disease.

Why leave a Gift in your Will?

A Gift in your Will to the Heart Research Institute provides important funds to develop research projects that would otherwise not be possible. Your Will doesn’t need to be complicated – it just needs to reflect your wishes. The most important people you should consider are your loved ones. Once you have provided for them, consider nominating the Heart Research Institute as an additional benefactor.

Gifts in Wills, both large and small, play a vital role in funding crucial research at the Heart Research Institute. They provide a lasting contribution in advancing our understanding of cardiovascular disease, helping prevent, detect and treat cardiovascular disease for generations to come.

Leaving a Gift in my Will

How do I leave a Gift in my Will?
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We appreciate that this is a very personal matter and it is something that needs to be discussed with your family and a lawyer. If you do not yet have a Will, contact a solicitor about drawing one up. While some people draft their own Wills using kits online or bought from a newsagency or post office, a solicitor will ensure all requirements are fulfilled in order for your Will to be valid.

Make sure you talk to your family about your intentions. Family comes first and it’s important your loved ones know about your desire to support the HRI so they can fulfil your wishes.
Types of Gifts
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You can leave a Gift in your Will in a variety of ways. Discuss these options with your family and your solicitor to work out what works best for you.

A Residual Gift

With this type of bequest, a person or organisation receives the balance of the estate after those specifically named in the Will have been provided for.

A Percentage Gift

This can be any percentage of your total estate up to 100 percent. This type of bequest enables you to share your estate among several people or organisations without specifying the property or amounts.

A Pecuniary Gift

This is a gift of a fixed sum of money made to a person or organisation.

A Specific Gift

This type of bequest enables you to leave a specific cash amount or other asset to a person or organisation.

Wording for your Will
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"I give to The Heart Research Institute (UK), Registered Charity No. 1116918, Company Registration Number 5935975, (the whole) or (a specific sum or piece of property) or (the residue) of my estate free of all duties for its general purposes and a receipt from the treasurer or other authorised person shall be a complete and sufficient discharge for the executor."
Informing us about your decision
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If you have left a Gift in your Will to the HRI, please do let us and your family know. This does not alter your rights to change or update your wishes if circumstances change, but does help us to recognise your support, plan for the future and ensure that your wishes are carried out.

It also means we can thank you personally for your decision. If you choose to leave a Gift in your Will to the Heart Research Institute, you will be provided with the opportunity to join our Hearts for Eternity legacy club.

Hearts for Eternity Legacy Club

Once you advise us that you have left a Gift in your Will, you automatically become a valued Hearts for Eternity member. Hearts for Eternity members are benefactors who are remembering the Heart Research Institute in their Will. Your membership will ensure your contribution is acknowledged forever more and inspire others to follow in your footsteps. If you do wish to remain anonymous, that request will be respected.

The Hearts for Eternity sculpture

Pictured: Ken Pearce, Dr Anna Waterhouse, Dr Stephen Hollings

The Heart Research Institute unveiled the beautiful Hearts for Eternity sculpture at our annual Chairman’s Christmas Brunch in 2016. This artwork, which is now a permanent fixture here in the foyer of the HRI, is a tribute to the generosity of the many people who have left a Gift in their Will to the HRI.

This piece of art has been created by well-known metal artist, Ken Pearce. It portrays the heart and circulatory system. Each gift we receive will be dedicated a special crafted heart with the benefactor’s name inscribed and added to the sculpture for posterity. Any requests to remain anonymous will be respected.

For more information on how you can become a Hearts for Eternity member, email

Thank you to our Hearts for Eternity members who have left a Gift in their Will

Hearts for Eternity Members

Mrs S Anketell
Mr & Mrs R & S Banham
Miss M Blums
Mr L Boyd
Mrs V Chick
Mr N Foun
Mrs J Glading
Mrs N Graeme-Evans
Mrs J Gray
Mr & Mrs R & L Hammonds
Miss H M Howie
Ms D Janes
Mr A Jenkins
Mr G Kaudeer
Mr & Mrs R & M Kippax
Mr R Lane
Mrs D McGregor
Mr I Palmer
Mr & Mrs F & J Pengelly
Mrs M Sinclair
Mrs E Van Der Knaap
Miss D E Watt
Mr R Wylie
Anonymous (46)

Gift in Wills received 2016

Estate of Mabel Theresa Anthony
Estate of Lisa Katrina Bagrowski
Estate of Peter W V Dixon
Estate of James E Frewin
Estate of Robert Edward Gough
Estate of Jessie Jones
Estate of Owen Longfield
Estate of Mary Plambeck
Estate of Allen A Shepherd
Estate of Wilfred Raymond Smith
Anonymous (4)


For more information or to inform us of your intentions, please freecall 0808 234 4009 or email