How gifts in Wills make a difference

Posted on: 04 March 2019 by Cancer Research UK

Gifts in Wills provide the essential support needed to conduct research and make a positive impact for people living with cancer.

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Every gift received by Cancer Research UK helps bring forward the day when all cancers will be cured. Thanks in part to supporters pledging to leave a gift in their Will, the charity can research new drugs to treat cancer, discover what drives cancer to grow, explore new ways to detect cancer at an earlier stage - when it is more likely to be successfully treated - and so much more.

The people who pledge to leave a gift in their Will to Cancer Research UK believe in a future free from the fear of cancer.

How your money is used

8/10For every £1 donated, 80p is used to beat cancer and the rest is spent to help raise funds for the future. Cancer Research UK’s research has played a role in developing 8 of the world’s top 10 cancer drugs


4000 scientistsCancer Research UK funds more than 4000 scientists, doctors and nurses all over the UK. Thanks to generous supporters, Cancer Research UK has helped double 10-year cancer survival in the UK in the last 40 years.


27000 join clinical trialsMore than 27000 people take part in clinical trials supported by Cancer Research UK each year – helping scientists to develop new ways to beat cancer.


Watch this video to see how gifts in Wills are helping to beat cancer sooner.

Val, from Birmingham, highlights the enduring value of gifts pledged in Wills to Cancer Research UK:

"I began supporting Cancer Research UK in 1984 when my mum was diagnosed with breast cancer. She was treated with a lumpectomy but sadly died in 1985. It was heartbreaking and still is to this day”, explained Val.

"I am passionate about finding cures for this horrible disease. I'd like to turn heart break into survival. I want the money from my lifetime to do something everlasting. "


Cancer Research UKPledge right now to help beat cancer sooner

To find our more or to request a free Gifts in Wills guide, visit or call 0800 035 9000.


Fundraising RegulatorCancer Research UK is a registered charity in England and Wales (1089464), Scotland (SC041666) and the Isle of Man (1103)”


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