Leave a legacy

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Gordon and Gill  have never met Rachel but she’s the girl of their dreams.

Gordon and Gill’s family have been hugely affected by epilepsy and in the hope of a future where epilepsy can be safely controlled they have remembered Epilepsy Research UK in their will.

Rachel is that future.  She started having recurrent seizures at the age of three, but her life was transformed by ground-breaking brain surgery that stopped her epilepsy.

Thanks to the generosity of people like Gordon and Gill we are able to fund the development of new treatments like the surgery that changed Rachel’s life.  Over the past 15 years we have allocated £6.5 million to research projects that has led to £14 million in follow-on funding from other sources.

We can only ensure that more research takes place with your support.  By leaving a legacy to Epilepsy Research UK you will help guarantee an ongoing programme of research that will transform the lives of people with epilepsy.

If you would like to support our research, you may want to take advantage of our free will-writing service.

Thanks to our membership of The National Free Wills Network we are able to offer you the opportunity to have your Will written by a local solicitor – with Epilepsy Research UK  paying a discount rate for the writing of simple Wills.  This is a limited offer which will operate on a first-come, first­ served basis without any obligation on those who take up the offer to include a bequest to Epilepsy Research UK.  We sincerely hope that those who use the programme will take the opportunity to settle their affairs and leave a gift which could benefit future generations.

Some of the advances your support has already made possible include:

Neuroimaging research funded by ERUK has been crucial to understanding the brain areas involved in language, learning and memory in children being considered for epilepsy surgery, and to making that surgery safer.

Far more is known of the potential dangers to children born to women taking anti-epileptic drugs due to research funded by ERUK.

Clinical trials of existing drugs for the treatment of memory dysfunction in people with temporal lobe epilepsy are underway thanks to support for the underpinning research from ERUK.

Immunotherapy has been discovered – thanks to ERUK research – to be an effective treatment for faciobrachial dystonic seizures, a seizure disorder affecting the arms and face.

For details of how to have your will written by the National Free Wills  Network please call 0208 747 5024.

If you have already made a will but you now want to leave a legacy to Epilepsy Research UK you can add what is called a codicil to your will to include your gift.  This can be done within the National Free Wills Network.

Legacies are crucial to our income and help us to fund more research. You do not have to be rich to leave a legacy. Everyone who leaves a gift to the charity will be making a real difference to our work and your gift would be hugely appreciated. Thank you.


If you are thinking of  remembering Epilepsy Research UK in your will, please look at the following wording to ensure that your wishes are carried out correctly.

How to leave a gift to Epilepsy Research UK in your will

If you want to leave a specific legacy:

“I give and bequeath to Epilepsy Research UK, charity number 1100394, whose office is at PO Box 3004, London W4 4XT, the sum of __________ pounds for the general purposes thereof, and I declare that the receipt of the Treasurer for the time being shall be a sufficient discharge to my Executors”.

If you want to leave a residue:

“Subject as aforesaid I give, devise and bequeath the whole (or a _____________ share) of the residue of my estate whatsoever and wheresoever both real and personal to Epilepsy Research UK, charity number 1100394, of PO Box 3004, London W4 4XT, absolutely for the general purposes thereof, and I declare that the receipt of the Treasurer for the time being shall be a sufficient discharge to my Executors”.

Adding a codicil to your will

If you are making a codicil, you should take advice over the precise wording, but here is an example of the wording of a typical codicil.

“I give the sum of ___________ pounds to Epilepsy Research UK, PO Box 3004, London, W4 4XT (registered charity number 1100394) for its general charitable purposes. I further direct that the receipt of the Treasurer shall be sufficient discharge of said gift.”

In all other respects I confirm my said will.

In witness whereof I have here unto set my hand this [date in words].

Signed by the said [name], the Testator/Testatrix as and for a [first, nth] Codicil to his/her said will dated [date] in the presence of us both being present at the time who at his/her request in his/her presence of each other have here unto subscribed our names as witnesses.”

[Signatures of Testator/Testatrix and two witnesses, with their addresses.]