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Winifred Arklie

Winifred has been a loyal supporter of Action for more than 30 years, when back in the 1980’s she enrolled her great nephew Christopher and his siblings in our Paddington’s Make it Grow Club, which later became the Paddington Action Club.

In the summer of 2018, the early birth of her great, great niece, Zoe, brought home the impact of our work. Zoe was born a month early and needed special care.

Thankfully Zoe is now a healthy one-year-old, but it was another reminder to Winifred about the importance of medical progress, and we are incredibly grateful to her for the gift she has decided to leave in her will.

It’s so important that things are being discovered that can help. I think we owe it to the future benefit of the children to come that we do what we can to help

Winifred Arklie
Dr Shivani Bailey

Dr Shivani Bailey

Dr Shivani Bailey of the University of Cambridge was awarded a Research Training Fellowship (RTF) by Action in 2014. The RTF scheme supports promising doctors and researchers early on in their careers.

She is studying a possible new treatment for germ cell cancers (GCC), one that improves survival rates and causes fewer long-term effects.

I am acutely aware of the importance of charities such as Action in funding potentially life-saving research. This is why, along with looking after my own family after my death, I would like to leave a gift in my will to Action.

Dr Shivani Bailey

Anne Palmer

Anne, a mother of three and now a grandmother of seven, first got involved with Action in the early 1970s. Her daughter had become seriously ill as a baby, spending more than half of her first year of life in hospital. After meeting an Action supporter it didn’t take long for her to be amazed by the work Action was helping to fund and she wanted to be involved. She went on to join a committee and has been devoted to the charity ever since.

Some people don’t like to talk about it but one thing is certain in life, we all die. I want others to be able to benefit after I’m gone. We’d had so many wonderful things from the health service that I wanted to give something back. I see it as investing in the next generation.

Keith and Fleur

Keith and Fleur have been involved with Action for the past three years. Their 3-year-old son Aiden suffered from oxygen shortage at birth as a result of a traumatic delivery. He was treated with cooling therapy, a treatment borne out of a 20 year programme of research, to which Action contributed.

Aiden is getting a chance at life thanks to Action’s research. We want to ensure others get the same chance and so we have decided to leave a legacy in our wills. This is our way to continue to give back once we're gone and continue to help others

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June Moore

June Moore joined the Stone Committee, near Aylesbury, 25 years ago. She built-up close, lifelong friendships with other Committee Members and shared a sense of fun and pride in what they achieved together. 

Being part of the Committee became a real focal point in her life; she enjoyed the weekly craft meetings and helping at functions. Sadly, June died in 2012, and surprised her fellow Committee Members by leaving Action a gift in her will.

June had never mentioned to anyone her intention to remember us in this very special way. She chose to leave this precious gift because saving and changing babies’ and children’s lives really mattered to her. Thank you June; your kind-hearted generosity will help children for generations to come.


Having worked and volunteered for Action for many years I know of the wonderful research that is funded by the charity. The polio vaccine and the cooling caps for premature babies are some of the amazing achievements. It felt only right when making my will that I included a legacy gift and I feel very proud to have done this.


Anne and Stuart

In the 1980s Anne and Stuart’s disabled son Paul was the youngest person in the UK to benefit from a revolutionary walking device, called a Reciprocating Gait Orthosis (RGO), which was developed with funding from Action. Sadly, Paul died suddenly at just 14 but Anne and Stuart say they are left with the most amazing memories and his legacy lives on in many ways.

For us it’s a given that we will include Action in our wills. The charity holds a very special place in our hearts. We feel proud to know that the gift we leave behind will help fund the type of breakthroughs that made a real difference to Paul’s life.

Find out how to leave a gift in your will

We have created a handy guide containing all the information you might need to leave a life-changing gift in your will. You can receive your guide instantly and paper free by downloading Will guide now.

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