Leaving a gift in your will to Glaucoma UK can help change the outlook for people with glaucoma.
October is a month for Glaucoma UK to focus on raising awareness of the importance of legacies and the power of leaving a gift in your will.
Around 75% of our glaucoma support services are funded directly by the wonderful supporters who leave gifts in their wills. Leaving a gift in your will is a promise to be there for people living with glaucoma in the future, and to make a real difference to the work we do and the support we give.
Naturally, you want to take care of family and loved ones first and foremost. But we hope that you might consider remembering the work of Glaucoma UK too.
A properly written will ensure everything is handled efficiently and reflects your wishes about the interests of your family, friends and the causes closest to you. Making a will ensures your wishes are carried out, but it’s also an opportunity to do something amazing.
Although October is Free Wills Month, we offer free wills writing throughout the year, and our team are on hand to support you every step of the way.
Like most people, my priority has always been to make provision for my nearest and dearest after my lifetime.
At the same time, each day when I open that little bottle and apply the eye-drops prescribed over ten years ago to help save my sight threatened by the onset of glaucoma, I am left wondering how much dedicated time, research and funding has been invested in developing each of these magic drops, and where did the money come from?
When I read the number of worried glaucoma patients who are helped by Glaucoma UK’s helpline, I know that I would like to do just a little bit more.
That is why I have also included Glaucoma UK in my will.
We offer a free will writing service, connecting you with a qualified solicitor in your local area. This makes writing your will simple and convenient.
All supporters aged 55 or over can access the free will writing service. You can have a simple will drafted free of charge by a local solicitor chosen from a UK-wide network of solicitors, all of whom are supporters of The Law Society. If you already have a will, you can take this opportunity to have it updated. There is no obligation to leave a gift to Glaucoma UK.
The offer applies to writing simple wills. If your chosen solicitor advises you that your will is more complicated, you will be asked to pay the solicitor for the extra work involved. Should this be the case, it is your decision whether to proceed with the service, and there is absolutely no obligation to continue if you don’t want to.
It’s several years now since I was sitting, feeling very alone in a very alien hospital waiting room among complete strangers, waiting to be assessed for the first time as a potential glaucoma patient. As I glanced round, I spotted some informative leaflets and a magazine produced by Glaucoma UK. It made such a difference to realise that I am not the only one affected and that support is at hand, both immediately and into the future. I swiftly discovered that Glaucoma UK is involved in a whole range of services to help patients and to promote research into the disease.
Obviously, when making a will, people tend to concentrate on their “nearest and dearest”, and perhaps it’s only a little later when they consider leaving a legacy to a worthy organisation. But I am going to remember Glaucoma UK in my will, not least because I’d like to carry on being of some assistance to glaucoma patients when they are feeling very low, just like I was.