Letter: A plea for heart fundraising

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Sir,

As Chief Executive at the British Heart Foundation (BHF) I see first-hand the incredible impact gifts left in wills make to the charity.

Research funded by the BHF has helped halve death rates from heart and circulatory diseases in the past 50 years and so much of our work has only been possible thanks to the amazing individuals who have remembered the BHF.

These gifts fund more than a quarter of all cardiovascular research in the UK, which makes them incredibly important for the seven million people living with these conditions.

In the past year alone, residents in Scotland left more than £6.1 million in  wills to the British Heart Foundation.

I would personally like to honour these people and express our gratitude for the research breakthroughs and thousands of lives they have helped to save.

There are approximately 685,000 people in Scotland living with cardiovascular disease.

A gift of any size will enable the BHF to continue to fund pioneering research to find future cures and treatments into heart and circulatory conditions.

To find out more about leaving a gift in your will please visit www.bhf.org.uk/wills

Simon Gillespie,

Chief Executive,

British Heart Foundation.