How gifts in wills have helped children | Action Medical Research

How gifts in wills have helped children

We use gifts in wills to help fund our research projects around the UK.

Unlike most health charities, we do not focus on one particular disease. This gives us the flexibility to respond to serious health needs as they emerge, increasing our chances of achieving medical breakthroughs that will help save or change lives.


The 1970s

Gifts left to Action helped Professor Ian Donald to develop the use of real time ultrasound scanning in pregnancy, giving parents the thrill of glimpsing their unborn child in the womb, and enabling doctors to check for abnormalities and plan for safer births.


Gordon Walkinshaw of Renfrewshire left a gift to Action to fund genetics research projects. His gift has funded no fewer than four Research Training Fellowships, investigating genetic causes of blindness in children and looking at the genetic basis of childhood diseases and disorders.


Long-term supporter Robert Heys from Lancashire died aged 103 and very generously left us a share of his estate in memory of his late wife Margaret. His gift contributed to funding the 28 grants awarded in the following year, investigating conditions including pre-eclampsia, epilepsy in babies, asthma and stillbirth.

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