gift in your willIf there was a way you could put your arms around your future family, to protect them and keep them safe, you’d do it, right? And what if, at the same time, you could give an amazing gift to the world…?

When you remember Breakthrough Cancer Research in your will, you do both. You bring the world a step closer to achieving 100% survival for 100% of cancers.

A gift in your will can fund vital research to improve survival rates for all, educate people about cancer, and find new treatments. It means future generations – your loved ones – have a chance of surviving currently incurable cancers. You can care for your future family and help find new ways to beat cancers with some of the lowest survival rates.

Protecting your family by remembering Breakthrough Cancer Research in your will could also be your greatest gift to the world. Please, will you consider leaving a gift in your will to Breakthrough Cancer Research?

Why others are choosing to leave us a gift in their will?

We have been so fortunate that after taking care of loved ones, a number of wonderful people have chosen to leave a gift to Breakthrough Cancer Research in their will, to fund world class cancer research into the most difficult to cure cancers.

To date we have received over €1 million from generous forward thinking people who want to make a difference for future generations through research.

Raymond Fielding


Raymond Fielding
Raymond Fielding

The development of new treatments for the hardest-to-cure cancers, bringing hope to many families: that’s the legacy of Dr. Raymond Fielding, who died in 2016.

In his lifetime, Dr. Fielding regularly saw patients with cancer – but nothing could prepare him for seeing his beloved wife slowly die from the disease. It spurred him on to make a difference to future families, by leaving a gift in his will to Breakthrough Cancer Research.

“I want to spare other people from the pain I feel every day of losing my life partner much too soon through cancer,” Dr. Fielding told us at the time. “It’s only through research that we’ll keep the people we love alive with us for longer.”

Following his death, Dr. Fielding’s gift helped to fund the development of new therapeutic approaches for the hardest-to-treat cancers. Thanks to Dr. Fielding, the brightest research staff were able to make progress through collaboration, rigorous testing and state-of-the-art lab work.

How to Leave a Legacy

It's so easy to leave a gift in your will

Having a will ensures that what you own goes directly to the people and causes you care most about. If, like many of our supporters, you have already chosen to remember Breakthrough Cancer Research in your will, we are honoured and want to say a heartfelt thank you.

We suggest that you speak to your solicitor to make sure that your wishes can be carried out in the way you would like. We’re always here to answer any questions you may have about including a gift to Breakthrough Cancer Research.

1. Residuary Gift

A residuary gift is the remainder of the estate once other gifts and payments have been made. This is popular because it takes care of your loved ones first and is not devalued by inflation.

2. Pecuniary Gift

A pecuniary gift in a will is a gift of a specific sum. Remember, any amount, whatever you can afford after family and friends are taken care of, is priceless in supporting cancer research.

‘I give the sum of €__ to Breakthrough Cancer Research and I direct that the Treasurer or other proper officer for the time being of said organisation shall be proper and sufficient discharge for the same.’

3. Specific Item

This is a particular named item, for example a piece of jewellery.

4. Reversionary Gift

A reversionary gift allows you to leave assets for the care of a loved one for the duration of their life. When they die, your gift will then go to your chosen beneficiary.

5. Codicil to a Will

To change your will, you can also make a separate document, called a codicil, which is like an update added to the end of your will. This document, again signed by you and your witnesses, should set out clearly and accurately the changes you want to make to your will. These changes are then legally binding.

how to leave
a gift in your will

To find out more about how to leave a gift in your Will watch this video or read our information brochure.


For information about our free online will writing service, click here!


If you have any questions about leaving a gift in your will to Breakthrough Cancer Research, our legacy team will be happy to help.
Call Orla on: 021 4226655, (ext 208) or
Email: [email protected]