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The importance of a Will

An up-to-date Will helps ensure that your family and loved ones are provided for in the way that you would want them to be. It also gives you an opportunity to leave a gift to a charity of your choice if you so wish.

Flow cytometer

Image: The new flow cytometry equipment generously provided by a gift left in the Will of Mr Mullard

Gifts left to us in Wills are hugely important to us. They have underpinned our discoveries and achievements in cancer research throughout our history, leading to better diagnosis and treatments. 

For example, a generous legacy gift from Mr Mullard enabled us to purchase a new flow cytometer machine for our labs in Sutton. With this cutting-edge piece of equipment, we can now analyse cell samples more quickly and in more detail than ever before. Seven lasers distinguish between up to twenty six different colour combinations in cell samples – a level of complexity not previously possible.

Cancer research is a long term endeavour and gifts like Mr Mullard’s are vital to ensuring our life-saving research continues. By remembering the ICR with a gift in your Will, you will be providing our scientists with the knowledge that the support and resources they need will be available for many years to come. 

Chloe Eason works for Willing Legal Services in East Sussex, who are one of our partner solicitors for our Will for Free programme. She has some advice for when you come to write or update your Will.

For more information about leaving a legacy to the ICR, please contact Marcia, our Legacy Support Officer on 020 7153 5387, or by email at [email protected].

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Will for Free allows you to make a professionally-written Will, free of charge and enables us to raise vital funds for our world-leading cancer research.

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