Hope for future generations
Read why Yvonne has left a gift in her will to HEART UK
HEART UK ambassador Yvonne Dumsday, owes her life to a radio programme 34 years ago describing how Nobel prize winners discovered the genetic cause of Familial Hypercholesterolemia (FH).
“When my daughter was just a baby, I was doing the ironing one day, when I had a complete light bulb moment," says Yvonne. “I suddenly realised that the early and often fatal heart disease they were describing on the radio was in my own family. My father died aged 52, my grandmother at 60, four aunts and uncles all died prematurely, one aged 43, and all from heart attacks". As a young mother, Yvonne quickly made an appointment to see her GP, was diagnosed with FH and put on medication.
Yvonne felt so sad about the terrible loss of her family members that she went on to become a founder member of The Family Heart Association which merged with The British Hyperlipidaemia Association in 2002 to form HEART UK. “I am passionate about raising awareness and supporting the good work that HEART UK does. It’s estimated that up to 260,000 people in the UK have FH, but fewer than 10 per cent have been diagnosed” says Yvonne. “I want to see a future when nobody need die prematurely from FH and it’s my wish to help in any way I can to achieve this”.
Yvonne wants her legacy to continue long after she has gone and has left HEART UK a gift in her Will. “Leaving a legacy to a charity you love is such a wonderful thing to do. It doesn’t matter how small the gift is, it is so valuable. I know my gift will be spent wisely and will help to save lives keeping families together for generations to come and that is a great comfort to me”.
Thanks to kind people like Yvonne our life saving work will carry on keeping families together for longer. Would you consider leaving a gift in your Will?
Two thirds of UK citizens don’t have a Will, yet it is the only way to ensure your estate goes to the right people when you die. HEART UK has joined forces with Legacy Alliance – a Will writing service to offer a 20% discount on Wills with a further 10% donated to HEART UK for every supporter using their services.*
HEART UK are members of ‘Remember a Charity’ – a consortium of over 140 charities working together to encourage more people to leave a gift in their will. Through our membership we have a useful step by step booklet entitled ‘Your Guide to making a Will’.
For more information or a friendly chat on providing the gift of a lifetime, please contact us on 01628 777046 or drop us an email.
*HEART UK cannot accept any liability for services provided by third party suppliers including The Legacy Alliance.