Relationships affected by Parkinson's

Leave a gift in your Will

Fund new and better treatments for Parkinson's with a gift in your Will.

Leave a gift to Parkinson's UK

Get your free Will making guide

Request our guide to including a gift in your Will to Parkinson’s UK. Large or small, your gift will help fund the search for better Parkinson’s treatments.

Request your guide >

How your gift will help

Gifts in Wills, also known as legacies, make a huge difference, funding almost half of our vital work.

They’ve already helped create the Parkinson’s Virtual Biotech – fast-tracking the most promising scientific discoveries to rapidly develop and test better treatments. 

By leaving a gift in your Will, you’ll also help fund research to improve life for people with Parkinson's – projects that could help prevent falls, overcome freezing, tackle swallowing problems and more.

In fact, gifts in Wills are helping us towards our ambition of doubling the amount we spend on Parkinson’s research. 

No matter how large or small, your gift will leave a lasting legacy. 

How to leave a gift in your Will - step by step

1. Work out the value of your estate

Make sure that you include property, investments and any debts.

2. Choose your beneficiaries

Choose the people or charities you'd like to remember in your Will. 

The different types of gift you can leave are: 

  • Residuary gift
    This is what remains of your estate, once other gifts and payments have been made. A residuary gift will keep pace with inflation meaning you are able to choose what proportion of your estate is left to friends, family or charity.
  • Pecuniary gift
    This is a set amount of money, the value of which may decrease over time due to inflation.
  • Specific gift
    A particular item, this could be anything from a piece of jewellery to furniture or property.

3. Choose your executors

Appoint the individuals responsible for ensuring that your wishes are fulfilled. They will be named in your Will.

It's a good idea to name at least 2 people as executors. Before doing so, check they are happy for you to do this. You can name a bank or solicitor as an executor if you wish.

If you do not have a suitable executor, Parkinson's UK can act for you. For more information please call our Legacy Manager on 020 7963 9344.

4. Arrange to see a solicitor

It's important to ask a legal professional to draw up your Will to ensure your wishes are properly carried out.

As a Parkinson's UK supporter you can take advantage of our Will writing services

Alternatively, you can find solicitors in your area who specialise in Wills, probate law and tax law on the Law Society website

LEAVING A GIFT TO PARKINSON'S UK

To include a gift to Parkinson's UK simply take the following details to your chosen solicitor or professional Will writing partner:

Charity name: Parkinson's UK

Registered office address: 215 Vauxhall Bridge Road, London, SW1V 1EJ

Charity number: 258197 (England and Wales) or SCO37554 (Scotland) 

5. Keep your Will somewhere safe, and let us know about it

Your solicitor will often look after it for you, but you may wish to retain 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.

Let us know by calling our Legacy Manager on 020 7963 9344 or email [email protected].

Paul MacDonald lives by himself and is an artist

Need help to write your Will?

Our Will writing partners can provide free and low-cost support.

Find out more