Funding the future
We believe that we can beat the diseases and conditions that devastate the lives of so many babies, children and young people. We are tackling this challenge by funding some of the best medical research in the world.
You can play a part in the medical advances of the future by including a gift for Action in your will, helping to save and transform lives. Your gift could help find the answers that will change the world for future generations of children.
You can use one of our free will-writing offers to make or update a will through a local solicitor or online at home. We hope this helps you to tick one more thing off your to-do list, and provides you with peace of mind for the future.
What a gift in your will could achieve
A gift in your will could unlock a future medical breakthrough, hold the key to a cure or treatment for a childhood illness, or simply make day-to-day life easier for children suffering illness or living with a disability.
Gifts left to Action will fund only the very best research most likely to have an impact. Our Scientific Advisory Panel and external reviewers made up of world-class medical researchers ensures that we focus our funds on the best doctors and researchers in children’s hospitals, specialist units and universities across the UK.
How do I leave a gift in my will?
Having an up-to-date will is the only way to ensure that your wishes concerning your loved ones and any charities you wish to remember are carried out in the way that you intended.
Our free Will Guide gives you information on:
- making or updating a will
- the different types of gift you can leave
- tax benefits through inheritance tax
- wording for your will
Action Medical Research started in 1952 to fund research into polio. The charity has had a number of name changes since then:
1952-1960: The National Fund for Poliomyelitis Research
1960-1967: The National Fund for Research into Poliomyelitis and Other Crippling Diseases, also known as the Polio Research Fund
1967-1990: The National Fund for Research into Crippling Diseases, also known informally as Action for the Crippled Child and Action Research for the Crippled Child - ARCC
1990-2003: Action Research
2003-now: Action Medical Research
We are still the same organisation, with the same vision: prevention, treatments and cures for diseases and conditions.
How a gift in your will could save lives
Aiden suffered from a shortage of oxygen at birth and was whisked away to the intensive care unit where the team began to reduce his body temperature to protect him from brain damage.
Felix was diagnosed with high risk, stage four neuroblastoma aged just four and tragically lost his life after two years of gruelling treatment.
Elijah was born extremely prematurely at 25 weeks and three days, weighing just 823g and, sadly, lived for just 37 days.