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A gift in your will

Leaving a gift in your will provides a legacy of hope for future generations and ensures that your memory is honoured into the future. The decision to leave a bequest is a meaningful way to contribute towards a better future through brain research.

Bequests of all sizes have a vital role in funding research, to understand more deeply the workings of the human brain and to lessen the harm caused by a range of diseases. Every one of us has known someone or multiple people affected by the diseases that the Florey researches, or even faced these challenges ourselves. Together we can build a healthier tomorrow where these diseases are more intricately understood, and life-changing treatments are available to everyone.  

Once you have provided for your loved ones, choosing to leave a gift in your will is the best way to see this vision come closer to fruition, continuing your legacy and values, while giving hope to future generations.

 

Bequests Make Breakthroughs Possible

Choosing to leave a gift in your will ensures that we’re able to continue our ground-breaking research and further extend the frontiers of our understanding of the human brain, and most importantly to save lives. 

Many people find that they’re able to give more generously through their will than they ever could during their lifetime. Even a small percentage of your estate can have a momentous impact through our research. 

A lasting legacy - the search for a cure well beyond our lifetime

Like so many parents, John and Lorraine Bates have suffered the loss of a child to mental illness.

Sitting in the sunshine on a sunny Melbourne afternoon, they share their story 24 years after David took his life.

John and Lorraine Bates are creating a lasting legacy by pledging to the Florey

Schizophrenia and manic depression had taken a grip of John’s son when he was just 16 years of age. Seven years later, after several suicide attempts and extended hospital admissions, David died at the age of 23.

Up to 60 per cent of males living with schizophrenia attempt suicide at least once. While fewer females attempt to take their own lives, about one in six of all people living with schizophrenia commit suicide.

Lorraine, David’s step-mother, has shared the loss with John and, over the years, they have enjoyed remembering the special times together and David’s quirky sense of humour.

Behind the inevitable sadness is a determination to assist other young people with mental health issues. 

“We decided we needed to do something sensible to help because prevention is so much better than cure when it comes to schizophrenia.” 

We would like to think that our donations to the Florey are helping the scientists to achieve the breakthroughs they need to prevent schizophrenia, depression and other neurological diseases.

The Bates are major donors and are bequesting a gift to the Florey in their wills. They enjoy coming to the Florey to hear from the scientists and to learn about other diseases being tackled. When asked why they support the Florey, John is quick to reply with a smile: “We are going to help find a cure for Alzheimer’s, schizophrenia, MND, Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis….”

The couple are pragmatic when it comes to their capacity to contribute. Lorraine said  “We don’t go without. We can still have our nice holidays and a good standard of living while also giving to worthy charities. It depends on your philosophical outlook, I suppose. It is important to us to contribute to the causes we care most about so that they can continue their good works.”

John, an accountant, regularly counsels clients to leave a bequest, encouraging them to look after their children and to then think beyond the immediate family.  

“We looked at our own situation and decided we really wanted to do something worthwhile at the end of our lives. We’re also thinking of giving away some of our capital before we die.”

The couple express a deep sense of gratitude and feel a strong connection to the scientists who are striving to offer hope so fewer families experience the deep tragedy of losing a child to mental illness.

If you are considering leaving a gift in your will to the Florey and would like to discuss this, please contact info@florey.edu.au or call 1800-063-693

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If you have any questions or want to let us know that you’ve made this very special and unique gift, contact info@florey.edu.au or call 1800-063-693

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