“I’m transforming the future with a gift in my Will”

After David died, I needed to rewrite my Will. I thought long and hard about the best way to commemorate him. I decided he’d like me to create a future where lives are no longer devastated by this disease, by leaving a gift in my Will.

I hope you will consider joining me. Our gifts may be the ones which spark the research breakthrough we desperately need.

Will you let Pancreatic Cancer UK know if you’d like more information, or are planning on leaving a gift in your Will? Knowing if they have the funds to continue their research in years to come helps them make long-term impact.

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My story

Pancreatic cancer took away the two people I loved the most. I’m absolutely confident that research funded by Pancreatic Cancer UK will deliver the answers we desperately need to stop others losing their soulmates. But they need our support to get there.

My sister Gillian was only 66 when she died from pancreatic cancer in 2012. We had a truly extraordinary relationship and even though she’s no longer here, I still speak to her every day.

Gillian died just three days after her diagnosis. I don’t know how I would have coped without my partner David by my side.

David and I met at university in 1956 when he knocked on my door and asked if I’d join a student demonstration. That was the start of bond that would last for 62 years.

David and I both became teachers. After we retired, we spent every single day together for 30 wonderful years. In February 2006, when it was David’s 70th birthday, we became civil partners, finally celebrating becoming lawful after 50 years together.

In January 2019 David was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Time seemed to stand still when we heard the consultant’s words. It was Gillian all over again.

The weeks following David’s diagnosis were the worst of my life. Everything that could go wrong did, including him fainting on a hot, crowded train after a harrowing hospital appointment.

Terence and David

David was eligible for surgery but he never made it as far as the operation. He died three weeks after he was admitted for a preliminary procedure.

With David gone, I felt helpless and adrift. Then I read about Pancreatic Cancer UK. The more I learned about their research, the more hopeful I felt about the future.

Researchers funded by Pancreatic Cancer UK are getting closer to finding the answers that will protect us from this ruthless killer. You can help them make that life-saving breakthrough by remembering Pancreatic Cancer UK, as well as your nearest and dearest, in your Will.

A research project which was made possible thanks to people who left gifts in their Wills, has recently made an incredible breakthrough. They’ve discovered a protein which promises to kill pancreatic cancer cells without damaging healthy tissue. It really looks as though an effective treatment is on the horizon.

For many of us, a gift in our Will is more than we could afford to give in our lifetime, so it can make a really significant impact.

After looking after my loved ones, I wanted to help Pancreatic Cancer UK too and, in return for the gift I’ve pledged, I have the sheer pleasure of knowing I’ll be contributing to the research that promises a brighter future

Terence who is a gift in Will supporter

At David’s funeral service I spoke directly to him. “David, I don’t know where you’ve gone but eventually, I promise I will find you. When you left, you took half of me with you, but you left half of yourself here on earth with me.” We became as one over the years we were together and it’s my firm conviction that we’ll be reunited.

I hope you will consider remembering Pancreatic Cancer UK in your Will as I have. It’s gifts like yours that will spark the crucial breakthrough that we so desperately need. Thank you for reading my story.

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Any questions?

If you need more information, please get in touch with Caroline, our Gifts in Wills and In Memory Manager.

Email: legacies@pancreaticcancer.org.uk

Telephone: 020 3872 6075