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Leaving a gift in your Will to The Institute of Cancer Research, London, is a wonderful way to give hope to everyone affected by cancer.

Sebastian Guettler's lab

It’s hard to know what the future might bring but we do know that cancer is something that touches us all, and over the past 100 years, the ICR has made some of the most important and ground-breaking discoveries in cancer research. Cancer patients worldwide are receiving life-saving treatments that were discovered and developed by us.

Over 80% of our expenditure directly supports our research activity and our scientists and clinicians are working daily in our labs – in Chelsea and Sutton, London – to make a real impact on cancer patients lives. As one of the world’s leading cancer research institutes you can rest assured that by leaving a gift in your Will to the ICR you will help make the discoveries that defeat cancer and bring hope to future generations of people with cancer.

Having a valid, up-to-date Will is very important to ensure that your loved ones and the cause you care about are provided for after you die. If you already have a Will, it is recommended that you review it every five years as your personal situation could have changed and it may not reflect your wishes.

Writing your Will

Writing your Will for the first time can often feel quite daunting but it doesn’t need to be. Although there are many options available to you, we always advise that you consult a professional.

Using a solicitor or professional Will writer is the best way to ensure that all of the legal formalities are followed and that your Will is correctly drawn up. They will also be able to answer any questions you have about executors, lasting power of attorney and tax planning.

If you are looking for solicitor or a Will writer you may find these links useful:

After you have provided for your loved ones, please consider supporting the ICR with a gift in your Will. Your legacy could help transform a discovery made in the laboratory into a treatment that saves thousands of lives world-wide.

For more information about leaving a legacy to the ICR please take a look at our frequently asked questions or contact the Legacy Team on or call 020 7153 5387. They will be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Will for Free

Will for Free allows you to make a professionally-written Will, free of charge and enables us to raise vital funds for our world-leading cancer research.

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