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Legacies - leaving the gift of hope in your will

Leaving a legacy in your will helps give hope to future generations.

Legacies to our hospitals have funded pioneering research into many medical conditions and created more comfortable and welcoming hospital environments.

The very first hospital in Oxford was founded as the result of a legacy from the Royal Physician to Queen Anne, Dr John Radcliffe, in 1758. This tradition of caring for the future of others in the local community is the fundamental basis of this hospital charity.

Today the Oxford University Hospitals treats 750,000 people a year, from the tiniest of newborns to our older patients.

Legacies have enabled the charity to make inspiring improvements to care across all our hospitals. Just last year legacies supported the Children's Hospital, the Oxford Eye Hospital, the Brodey Cancer Centre at the Horton and pioneering cancer and cardiac research projects.

With our charity, you have the benefit of knowing that your donation will be spent in your local hospitals, and could benefit friends, family and the local community long into the future.

As none of us know the exact direction medical developments will lead us to in the future, we suggest donors ask their solicitor to liaise with us about the precise wording in their will. This will ensure it is flexible enough to cope with medical innovations and future development and that we fully understand your wishes.

Some decide to leave a legacy as a 'thank you' for the care they, or a loved one, have received at one of our hospitals, or through the desire to fund medical advances and improvements in care that will benefit their own families and communities in the future.

Taking the time to make a will gives you peace of mind and ensures that the people you love, and the causes you care about most, are provided for.

By leaving a legacy to your hospital charity you will be helping to ensure that future generations benefit from the very best health care and latest research here in your hospital.

Information for your will

Our charity is called 'Oxford Hospitals Charity' (reg charity 1175809).

We encourage broad support in support of the hospital Trust, as this ensures your donation is flexible enough to adjust to future advances in medical technology.

If you would like to find out more about supporting the hospital through your will, you or your solicitor can contact us.

Trevor's story

Trevor Collins, an English teacher from Iffley, Oxford, left our charity a legacy after his battle with cancer. His family describe him as a quiet man who shone on stage when he took part in amateur dramatics in Abingdon.

Cousin, Jo Nut, says: "Trevor was very appreciative of the care he received from staff at the hospital and wanted them to help others the way they had helped him.

"We were very pleased that Trevor's legacy has been able to do so much across so many different causes at the hospitals, and we are particularly pleased that the money was spent locally, as we know that is what Trevor wanted."

The money Trevor left in his will has helped to buy a wide range of high tech medical equipment, as well as making the hospital environment better for heart, chest and cancer patients.