Did you know over the last few years over 23% of our annual income has come from gifts in wills? Almost £3.5 million last year was kindly given to the Trust through gifts in wills, which generous supporters had included many years ago, that went towards making a huge difference to the lives of thousands affected by cystic fibrosis. Even as little as 1% of an estate could help us fight to beat CF for good.
How your support changes lives
Your support can help to fund ground-breaking research like our Pseudomonas Strategic Research Centre, which is working to develop new non-antibiotic forms of therapy to treat this dangerous bug so that people with cystic fibrosis in the future can live without the fear of contracting it.
Information and support
The information and support we provide helps to support people with CF and their families, whether they’re dealing with the challenges of a new diagnosis, preparing for transplant or just looking for a listening ear to help them through a difficult time. Your support means that we are able to extend this support for long into the future.
Prescription charges, organ allocation, access to precision medicines – we’ve been campaigning for a better world for people with CF for decades, and with your help we can continue to do so.
Hear from John
John Stothard was a committed supporter of the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, and also decided to leave a gift to the Trust in his will. John explained: "When our son Simon was born we knew very little about cystic fibrosis. Thankfully the Cystic Fibrosis Trust was there to help inform and support us."
You name it, John did it in the name of fundraising, from running the Dunstable Group to supporting Simon's Ben Nevis Climb, organising a cycle ride in Germany, and dressing up as Orville.
Simon, now 26 years old, had this to say about his dad's efforts to raise funds for the Trust. "My dad gave up so much of his spare time fundraising and helping me train for events to raise money for cystic fibrosis. I could not have done half of the events if it wasn't for him pushing me on."
Sadly, John died in 2008 but the way in which he wrote his will meant that he was able to support both his family and the Trust. When updating his will John had said: "it seemed a logical step to include the Trust. My first concern is to ensure that my family are looked after when I'm gone, but I've supported the Trust during my lifetime, so why not after?"
He felt the motivations for including the Trust in his will were very clear: "When Simon was diagnosed, the Trust was there for us. Everyone deserves access to the same support and future that we had. And of course, the research is going well. We're all hoping to see a treatment as soon as possible, but I know the research will not stop there. My legacy will help to enable this. I can't think of a better gift to give, can you?"