Defeat dementia with a gift in your Will

28 March 2018

Alzheimer’s Research UK is the only UK charity solely focused on dementia research, and gifts in Wills fund a third of their pioneering research projects.

Dementia is the leading cause of death in the UK, with one in three of today’s children predicted to develop the condition in their lifetime.

Symptoms of dementia usually include gradual loss of memory and communication skills, and a decline in the ability to think and reason clearly. Sadly, dementia ultimately takes everything away from someone, until they need round-the-clock care. While there are treatments that can help with the symptoms for a short amount of time, they do not slow the progression of the diseases that cause dementia, and there is currently no cure.

At Alzheimer’s Research UK, it is our vision that, through pioneering research, we will one day live in a world free from the fear and heartbreak of dementia.

A third of Alzheimer’s Research UK’s research is funded by gifts in Wills

Gifts in Wills are crucial to ensuring we achieve this vision. At Alzheimer’s Research UK, they fund one in three of our life-changing research projects, offering hope to our children, grandchildren and future generations of a world free from the fear, harm and heartbreak of dementia.  

In recent years, our researchers have highlighted the dangers of anti-psychotic drugs for people with dementia, discovered new genes linked to frontotemporal dementia, and found that drugs targeting the immune system could hold promise for those with Alzheimer’s. These breakthroughs are all thanks to supporters who have generously remembered Alzheimer’s Research UK in their Will. 

Why Kim is leaving a gift in her Will

When her mother-in-law passed away in 2015, five years after being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, mum-of-three Kim decided it was time for her and her husband to update their Will.

“It’s one of those things that you keep meaning to do but never quite seem to get around to it, maybe it’s the pressure of deciding who gets what or just the thought that you are too young to be thinking about Wills! But it was becoming obvious to us as a family that time goes so quickly. With more of our friends and relatives suffering from major illnesses and losing loved ones, it became apparent to us that getting our affairs in order was a step in the right direction to being able to relax and enjoy the ‘rest of our lives’!”

With her own mother in the late stages of vascular dementia, Kim and her family have been drastically affected by dementia. That’s why she and her husband generously made the decision to leave a gift in their Will to Alzheimer’s Research UK. She says:

“Alzheimer’s Research UK is such an important charity to support. It is only with financial help from our generation that any in-roads towards any form of cure may be found. If we can help fund the vital research needed to end the misery of dementia for our children’s children, then we feel we have done our bit.”

Find out more

To learn more about making or updating a Will, as well as leaving a gift to charity, you can download the free guide on our website. Alternatively, you can request a copy to be sent in the post by contacting the Gifts in Wills team on or by calling 01223 896 606.

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