Bill and Mary's legacy
Mary shares why she and her late husband Bill decided to leave gifts in their Wills to the British Liver Trust
If you’re looking to the British Liver Trust for support about liver disease, then you’re doing exactly what my husband, Bill, and I did, when he was diagnosed with Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis (PSC).
After the initial shock, we realised we knew absolutely nothing about the condition. We soon found out that it could be serious and that Bill might need a liver transplant in the future.
British Liver Trust were very helpful, listening to Bill’s worries, answering all his questions and providing facts and information about the condition.
The doctor’s prophecy came true and Bill had a liver transplant in 2001. British Liver Trust supported us through this time too. The reality is all this support costs money, to say nothing of the need for research, not only into PSC but all liver diseases.
That’s why, when Bill and I made new Wills, we thought deeply about what the generosity of the liver donor and the transplant had meant for us. Above all, it allowed Bill to become a grandad to a grandson he loved very much.
We decided that, with mirror Wills, whichever one of us died first, we would leave a meaningful amount of money to British Liver Trust.
Sadly, Bill died in March 2014. The gift in his Will is now funding a research programme to establish a Quality of Life Tool for patients with PSC. As his widow, it gives me great comfort to think that his legacy will hopefully improve the lives of fellow sufferers and their families in years to come.
Most of us don’t want to think about dying or Wills, but if you do give it some thought now, your generosity will support charities like the British Liver Trust and will enable much-needed research in the future.
Find out more
To find out more about leaving a gift in your Will to the British Liver Trust, please contact Audrey Cornelius, Director of Fundraising:
Call Audrey on 01425 481320 or email email@example.com
Or you can visit the British Liver Trust website for more information: britishlivertrust.org.uk/how-you-can-help/donate/gifts-in-will/