Gifts in wills, also known as legacies, are a critical source of funding for Parkinson’s UK. They fund almost half of our vital work and help us plan for the future.
We know including Parkinson's UK in your will is a big decision, and that family and loved ones come first. But all gifts make a huge difference to our journey to find a cure.
Make or update your will for free
We have partnered with Farewill and the National Free Wills Network so that you can make a will online, by phone or via a solicitor for free. You can make a single will or joint wills with a spouse or partner.
Your gift will make a difference
Gifts in wills have already helped create the Parkinson’s Virtual Biotech, the drug development arm of Parkinson’s UK. Through the Virtual Biotech we’re partnering with institutions and pharmaceutical companies worldwide, fast-tracking the most promising scientific discoveries to rapidly develop and test better Parkinson’s treatments.
But it’s not just research. As you may know, having Parkinson’s can feel overwhelming if you don’t have the right information and support. So gifts in wills help fund our expert health information and support services, including our helpline and local advisers.
We are incredibly grateful to everyone who includes a gift in their will to Parkinson’s UK. We simply couldn’t do our vital work without this support. You are the cure.
7 easy steps to leaving a gift in your will
- Work out the value of your estate.
Make sure you include property, investments and any debts.
- Choose your beneficiaries.
These are the people or charities you would like to include in your will. Many supporters choose to leave a share of their estate to Parkinson’s UK as this type of gift won’t lose its value over time. This is called a residuary gift.
- Appoint your executors.
Executors are the individuals responsible for ensuring that your wishes are carried out. They will be named in your will.
- Use a solicitor or professional will writing service.
Through Parkinson’s UK, you can make your will for free through our will writing partners, Farewill and the National Free Wills Network. Find out how to make your will for free.
Or you can find solicitors in your area who specialise in wills, probate law and tax law on the Law Society website.
- Keep your will somewhere safe.
Your solicitor or will writing service will often look after it for you, but you may wish to keep your own copy too.
- Tell a relative or close friend where the original copy of your will is stored.
- If you have already included a gift to Parkinson’s UK in your will, we’d love to hear from you to thank you for your support.
But that’s entirely your decision – we do not need to know.
If you have any questions about leaving a gift in your will, or how your gift will help, please call our Legacy team on 020 7963 9344 or email [email protected]
You can also request a printed version of our guide to leaving a gift in your will.