Bromsgrove-based Alan Sanson, aged 57, is supporting us during Remember a Charity week, from 12-18 September - a scheme that encourages the nation to leave a gift in their Will to a cause close to their heart.
Having already left a lifelong legacy to us, Alan is now encouraging others to do the same during Remember a Charity Week, to help fund our life saving research into cardiovascular disease.
Alan chose to remember us in his Will after his younger brother Edward died from a cardiac arrest, aged 30. Edward had been living with transposition of the arteries since birth – a condition where his pulmonary artery and aorta were the wrong way around.
Alan explains: “Within days of Edward being diagnosed with congenital heart disease at 6-weeks-old, he had his first operation and continued to have regular tests at the hospital.
“But Edward was still very blue and was prone to infections. Five years later, the year the BHF was established, a pioneering operation partly funded by the heart charity was offered to my brother. Being one of the first children to have this operation, it was a huge risk, but my parents knew they had to say yes to help save his life.
“Although it helped prolong his life by around 25 years, as the years went by, Edward’s heart began to have problems. He was fitted with a pacemaker but sadly, he died of a cardiac arrest the night of the 6th of August 1990, aged 30. I remember receiving the phone call at 6am from our sister - the feeling still sends shivers down my spine.
“Only after Edward had died did I find out that my parents had always known that there was a likelihood Edward’s life would be shorter. How hard must that have been for them. But my brother led the most fulfilled life, fuelled by his innate determination and love of life, which gives me something to be thankful for.
“In 1960, when Edward was born, only two in ten babies with congenital heart disease lived beyond their first birthday. But thanks to the BHF’s life saving research into the treatment and care of babies with these conditions, eight out of ten children with congenital heart disease now grow up to be adults. But there’s still a long way to go.
“What happened to my family can happen to anyone. But by leaving a gift in your Will, you can make all the difference in helping fund breakthroughs in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of cardiovascular disease."
Leave a legacy
By leaving us a gift in your Will, you could be part of tomorrow’s incredible discoveries and save millions more families the pain of losing someone they love.
We know that when it comes to writing your Will friends and family come first, but if you can spare just a little of what is left, that could make a huge difference to the fight for every heartbeat.