Legacies fund the fight

6 September 2014        

Alison Hamilton RAC Week 2014

It is a little known fact that almost half of our income comes from people leaving a gift to us in their Will. Charitable legacies are, therefore, vital to enable us to continue our life-saving research programme to fight cardiovascular disease.

During the 8 – 14 September we will be celebrating Remember A Charity Week. It is a great opportunity to think about leaving the gift of a lifetime to help us keep families together for longer.

Alison and her husband Christopher both decided to leave us a legacy in their Will, having been supporters of the charity for around 20 years.

In 2003, Alison’s father, Terry, underwent a quadruple heart bypass and within 12 months of his operation, despite being fit and healthy, Alison was diagnosed with atrial fibrillation (AF), which causes an irregular and often abnormally fast heartbeat. Alison now lives with a pacemaker to control her heart rhythm.

In 2007, Alison’s father was also diagnosed with AF.

Alison said: “It didn’t make sense. From school onwards I had always been extremely fit and enjoyed lots of sport. I even ran marathons. But all of a sudden, I developed a heart condition.

“While in hospital, I received BHF literature about my condition, which was absolutely invaluable to all my family. It was written in a very positive and easy to understand way, which clearly explained what my condition meant. As well as our wider family, it was the charity’s support that got me through it all. It is a reassurance to know that we can call the Heart Helpline if we have any concerns or questions and a nurse will be able to help explain things to us.

“The BHF fund research and support which makes a real difference to people’s lives. I wanted to show my appreciation and that’s why my husband and I have left a legacy to the charity in our Wills.”

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