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A legacy for future generations

Give in your will

Once you have provided for your family and friends, please consider leaving a gift to Brain Research Trust in your will. The knowledge that money will be available to us in future years means that we can invest in long-term research at the Institute of Neurology. Gifts both large and small help to fund essential equipment, specialist departments and researchers.

You may have had someone close to you who suffered from a brain condition and would have benefitted from advances in brain research. You can make a lasting difference to future generations by helping to drive forward research into brain disease with a legacy. You can even request your gift to be used for research into a specific condition.

If you are thinking of making or changing your will, we can send you useful information that you can give to your solicitor.

Click here for our legacy information or to speak to us in confidence about leaving a gift to Brain Research Trust:

Call us on 020 7404 9982, write to us at Brain Research Trust, Dutch House, 307-308 High Holborn, London, WC1V 7LL or email us at info@brt.org.uk.

What legacies can help achieve

In 1994, Emily Watts' brother, Graham, died from motor neurone disease (MND). As she had no other surviving relatives, Miss Watts left a large share in her estate to the Brain Research Trust and asked that it was used to fund research into MND.

Because of that bequest- which allowed Brain Research Trust to create an endowment- the Graham Watt's Fund now supports an active research programme under the leadership of Professor Linda Greensmith.

Linda's research team numbers 14 staff members, including six PhD students and two Clinical Research Fellows. Their goal is to learn more about the mechanisms that play a role in this disease and to develop and test novel therapeutic approaches for the treatment of MND. Their work, made possible by the gift left in Miss Watts’ will, has since resulted in clinical trials to test a new drug compound, which may eventually lead to better treatment for this debilitating condition.

Stephen Meyer's pledge

Stephen & Diane Meyer
Stephen with his late wife, Diane

Stephen Meyer has chosen to leave a legacy to the Brain Research Trust. He hopes his gift will help discover new treatments for brain tumours after the death of his beloved partner, Diane Jacks.

Diane S.M. Jacks was Stephen Meyer’s partner for 33 years. They met as students at Leeds University in the 1960s, where Diane continued to work as Head of Administration in the Department of Adult and Continuing Education.

In 1999, Diane and Stephen purchased a barn in rural Shropshire, six miles from where Diane grew up. They converted it into a beautiful home and moved into it in October 2001.

They looked forward to a happy retirement together. Unknown to them at the time, the symptoms that Diane had started to develop in 1986 eventually turned out to be a brain tumour.

Finally diagnosed in 2003, she was operated on at Queen Elizabeth’s Hospital, Birmingham.

Stephen and Diane then went to the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery in Queen Square for a second opinion. They were looking for a prognosis. Oncologists there told them that Diane would not survive.

Diane died aged 60 on June 20, 2005. By the end of the year, Stephen had pledged a legacy to the Brain Research Trust, believing that his support can help bring hope to other couples facing the same terrible circumstances in future.