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Help us meet the future challenges of PKD patients and families

We know that loved ones and family come first in future financial planning. A legacy to the PKD Charity in your will has the power to change forever the lives of families affected by all forms of polycystic kidney disease (PKD); a gift that gives hope to future generations.

A gift in your will for the PKD Charity is a gift of hope for the future for thousands of families in the UK living with PKD and many generations to come. Your gift will help us fund research into new treatments and drugs, enable us to deliver our support services, run more information days and keep our patient information accurate and reliable.

We know that most people don't like to think about making a will or don't know where to start to make one, but it is usually straight forward. We've provided some tips below.

The benefits of writing a will

Writing a will can protect your assets and help reduce the impact of inheritance tax on your estate. Wills also ensure that all your assets are dealt as you wish, with debts paid and items going to the people you wish to receive them.

Making a will can also help ensure that your family can deal with your affairs quickly and easily when the time arises, reducing their burden.

How to write a will

  • You can write a will for free at FareWill. The cost is covered by the PKD Charity.
  • Visit the Government website if you are unsure how to get started. It covers everything to do with making and changing wills and covers all the important steps, including what you should put in your will, how to make sure it's valid and how to store it safely.
  • DIY Will. You can write your own will, and there are a number of 'Make a Will' packs available from online sites and high street stationers that will guide you through the process. However, you need to be careful not to miss out something vital, as leaving out certain details could make your will invalid. So, we strongly recommend your get a legal professional to check your will.
  • Contact a local solicitor or will writer. By having your will professionally written, you are ensuring everything is covered and arranged as you would like it to be. We always recommend you contact a solicitor or a member of the Institute of Professional Will Writers. For details of Solicitors in your area visit and for Professional Will Writers visit

What types of gifts can you leave to the PKD Charity

Gifts left in wills don't have to be money. Some people leave things such as jewellery, antiques and even property. Whatever you choose to donate will help us support people affected by PKD, and fund future work and research.

Broadly speaking, there are three types of gift or legacy that you can make:

  • A fixed sum of money
    This is called a pecuniary legacy and simply means that you name a specific amount.
  • A proportion of your remaining estate
    You decide what percentage of the residue, or what's left, that you would like to give after others named in the will have received their bequests. This is known as a residual legacy.
  • A named item
    This can be anything you own, from a piece of jewellery or furniture to houses or land.

You can also specify how you would like the PKD Charity to use your bequest, but you don't have to. If you would like to know more about our current and future activities, please get in touch. Whatever you decide, you can be confident that we will make full use of your gift.

Finally, if you do include a gift to us in your will, please write out our name in full – this will help to avoid any confusion about where you would like your gift to go:

Polycystic Kidney Disease Charity
Registered office: 49-51 East Road, London, N1 6AH

We hugely appreciate the gifts that we do receive from legacies and every gift is a gift of hope for many generations to come.

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