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Leave a gift in your Will

Including a gift to the Medical Research Foundation in your Will could help transform peoples' health for decades to come.

Thank you for considering including a gift in your Will to advance medical research and change peoples' lives.

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The health and wellbeing of millions of people depends on continual medical advances. This is a challenge needing immense support, innovation and persistence.

Making a decision about your Will is a private and personal matter. Many of our supporters include a gift in their Will after they have taken care of their loved ones. We would love to hear from you if you are considering a gift or have already included a gift, so that we can thank you and plan for the future. However, you don't have to.

All gifts, of any amount, will help the Medical Research Foundation to fund more researchers who will improve human health and change people's lives. Over 90% of our voluntary income is donated by people leaving a gift in their Will.

You can leave a gift for medical research general purposes which give us the flexibility to ensure that your legacy is used to support the best research as it arises, and to respond to emerging research opportunities and health problems.

Or, if you prefer, you can specify an area of medical research that you would like your gift to support and the trustees will do everything they can to apply your legacy as you wish.

Leaving a gift to charity in your Will is a fantastic way for you to make a difference in the future without costing you anything now. Gifts left to a charity in a Will are also exempt from inheritance tax.

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The difference you make


100% of your donations are invested in medical research (thanks to other income sources that cover our low running costs and gifts such as accommodation).


Over 90% of our voluntary income is donated by people leaving gifts in their Wills.


In 2016/17 we funded 55 new medical research projects, thanks largely to gifts left in Wills.

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Members Logo Colour We're proud to be part of Remember a Charity, an initiative made up of 200 UK charities, all working together to encourage people to consider leaving a gift in their Will.

How to do it

All you need to include a gift to the Medical Research Foundation is:

  • Our registered name: Medical Research Foundation and
  • Our registered charity number: 1138223

The most common types of gifts left in Wills are:

A residuary gift. The residue (or percentage of the residue) of your estate after you have looked after your loved ones and all other gifts, debts and expenses have been paid.

A pecuniary gift. A fixed sum of money.

A conditional gift. A gift that you would make if the person you first intended to benefit through your Will passed away.

A specific gift. An identifiable asset such as a property, an investment, a piece of jewellery or art.

A professionally drafted Will makes sure that the people and causes that matter to you will be looked after. We recommend that you consult a professional such as a solicitor.

If you have any questions about the kind of gift you’d like to leave in your Will, please contact us or speak to your solicitor.

We understand that writing a Will and making these decisions are private and personal, and you do not have to notify us in any way unless you would like to.

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