One thing is certain, your legacy, no matter the size, will make the world of difference to the life of someone affected by cancer.
“Without Pelican Cancer Foundation, this photo wouldn’t have been possible… I believe the surgery I had saved my life.”
Richard Howeson, former bowel cancer patient, pictured with his young family
Leaving a legacy will help to give more people the chance to take photographs with their family and friends after diagnosis and treatment.
We would be truly honoured to be part of your legacy and ask that you consider leaving a gift in your Will to the Pelican Cancer Foundation. Your gift can provide enduring support to ensure that one day we cure below the belt cancers.
Every year in the UK nearly 90,000 people are diagnosed with bowel and prostate cancer.
Cancer continues to cause death and pain in the lives of many – affecting not only individuals but their friends and families too. Thanks to the work that has been done in research and education, a difference has been made, however there is much more that needs to be done.
Pelican’s work makes a fundamental difference to patients’ cancer journey – your support and legacy will directly contribute to our committed work to improve survival rates and help patients to live for longer, with a better quality of life.
Leaving a gift in your Will
When you want to write, update or amend your Will we recommend that you use a solicitor so that it reflects your exact wishes and contains the correct legal wording. If you already have a Will you can add a Codicil which allows you to make amendments, without the need to re-write your Will. If you don’t already have a solicitor, The Law Society can help you find one in your area.
Whatever arrangements you choose to make, it can be a good idea to have a conversation with your family about your wishes which can avoid any surprises, disappointments or conflict.
Leaving a gift, no matter the size – is precious and will contribute directly towards our work. There are a number of ways to leave a gift; you can leave a share of your estate, a fixed sum of money or a gift of a specific item.
Leaving a share of your estate after you have provided for your loved ones can be at any percentage you choose; as this gift is a proportion of your estate, it keeps up with inflation. A fixed sum is a gift of a specific amount of money and it can be advisable to review this from time to time as inflation can reduce its real value. A gift of a specific item can be something particular you wish to leave to the charity, such as a piece of jewellery, antique or property.
Leaving a legacy doesn’t affect your financial position today; it is a written promise that you will leave a set amount of your Estate to a single, or multiple, named charity of your choice.
It is possible that leaving a share of your estate to a charity could save in inheritance tax. However, this is a complicated area and specialist advice should always be taken from a solicitor, so you can consider all the options before making your Will.
Decide to leave a gift in your Will today. Let your legacy be part of Pelican’s worldwide legacy; please leave a gift in your Will to Pelican Cancer Foundation.
Leaving a gift, no matter the size, will be greatly valued and will contribute towards advancing our work.
- £375 will pay for a patient to have an MRI scan within a research trial
- £9,000 will fund a workshop to disseminate vital information to nurses, surgeons and other multidisciplinary clinicians
- £12,000 will fund a clinical database to analyse patient data
- £25,000 will fund seed funding for a new study
- £50,000 will fund a Pelican surgical research fellow for a year
- £250,000 will fund a national development programme tackling challenging topics, specifically focusing on below the belt cancers
“A massive big thank you to Pelican. These people are amazing. I feel really blessed to have them & their groundbreaking consultants & research behind me.”
Anthony Whelan, bowel cancer patient, pictured with his wife running 5km for Pelican in Dec 2017
Research – influencing and enhancing tomorrow’s cancer treatment
Research is an essential element of our work and we focus on clinical trials – those that involve people – as they bring the latest treatments and approaches to today’s cancer patients. We focus on surgery as this cures more people of cancer than any other cancer intervention. Research is important in the evolution and improvement of tomorrow’s cancer treatment.
Education – conferences and national workshops; forging change to improve cancer care and treatments
Thanks to ongoing development and research, the care and treatment of cancer is constantly developing and continued learning is essential to share the latest advances in treatment, technology and surgical techniques. We run popular and groundbreaking courses and workshops for multidisciplinary cancer specialists to embed best practice and knowledge.
Facilitating Cancer Team Meetings (MDTs)
We have championed multi-disciplinary cancer teams (MDTs) to advance cancer care and optimize better outcomes for patients. We have a national reputation as experts in this area and our MDT working has been adopted as a standard across the NHS. Every cancer patient is discussed by an MDT, and locally we have developed and support a purpose-built MDT room for patients diagnosed or referred to Basingstoke Hospital and North Hampshire Hospital.