The British Heart Foundation funds research to beat the world’s biggest killers.

Posted on: 11 October 2019 by British Heart Foundation

Gifts in Wills make up half of the BHF income, it's thanks to them we're able to have the long term investment to keep research going to beat heart and circulatory diseases and their risk factors.

research to beat world's biggest killer

The development in BHF research

Since we were founded in 1961, the British Heart Foundation has achieved important breakthroughs to help beat heartbreak forever. Conditions like heart diseases, stroke, vascular dementia and their risk factors – like diabetes and high blood pressure – are all connected by your circulatory system, and are the biggest killers in the world.

Thanks to research, the way heart diseases are diagnosed and treated more people than ever survive heart attacks and cardiac arrests. But these conditions still cause heartbreak for millions of families – killing more than 1 in 4 people in this country. More than 7 million people in the UK are living with heart and circulatory diseases.

The BHF funds around £100 million of new research each year into all heart and circulatory diseases and the things that can cause them. Its thanks, in parts, to treatments based on BHF-funded research. Now more than seven out of ten people who suffer a heart attack survive.

The power of a gift in your Will

This life saving work simply wouldn’t have been possible without the generosity of the thousands of supporters who have kindly remembered us in their Will. Gifts in Wills left to the BHF fund around a quarter of the UK’s independent heart and circulatory disease research. These special donations have incredible power.

More and more people have supported us in this special way, helping us raise over £1 billion through gifts in Wills alone. Thanks to these amazing individuals, we have been able to help transform the lives of millions of people in the UK and around the world.

As we look to the future though it is clear there is so much more work still ahead of us. That’s where a gift in your Will could have a truly powerful and enduring impact.

Our research starts with your heart. But it doesn’t stop there. By leaving a gift in your Will to the BHF, after providing for your loved ones, you can help us discover new ways to prevent, treat and cure the world’s biggest killers.

A gift in your Will has the power to save lives. We call it Will Power.

Download our free Gift in Wills Guide for more information about the impact a gift in your Will could have and also information about writing or updating your Will.

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