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Leave a legacy to fund life-saving cancer research

Legacy gifts are a vital source of funds for The Institute of Cancer Research, London. They have underpinned our discoveries and achievements in cancer research throughout our history, leading to better diagnosis and treatments, and improving patients’ lives. 

By leaving a gift in your Will to the ICR, you can become a part of the journey to defeat cancer. Make your legacy life-changing.

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Dr Sebastian Guettler in his laboratory

How a gift in your Will can advance cancer research

Your legacy could help transform a discovery made in the laboratory into a treatment that saves thousands of lives world-wide. It could:

  • Fund the purchase of cutting-edge laboratory equipment
  • Train the next generation of cancer researchers
  • Enable us to set up new research programmes

We have a long history of discovery in cancer research – and we’ve made great strides forward in recent years. But while 167,000 people a year die from cancer in the UK, there remains an urgent need to further expand our knowledge of cancer and how to manage it. 

How do legacy gifts work?

We receive a legacy when someone leaves a gift to the ICR in their Will. If you want to leave us a gift, we recommend you use a solicitor or professional Will writer to write or update your Will. They’ll make sure it’s properly written, and check there are no mistakes.

There are three different types of legacy you can leave:

  1. A share in your estate - this is called a residuary legacy
  2. A sum of money - this is called a pecuniary legacy
  3. A specific gift 

Having a valid, up-to-date Will is very important to ensure that your loved ones and the cause you care about are provided for after you die. If you already have a Will, it is recommended that you review it every five years as your personal situation could have changed and it may no longer reflect your wishes.

Find out more about making a Will and leaving a legacy gift to fund ground-breaking cancer research.

Order our free legacy guide

If you're over 60 and looking to update your Will, you may be eligible for our Will for Free service. 

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Next steps

If you have any questions about how to leave a gift in your Will to the ICR, please call our Legacy Team on 020 7153 5387 or email

The ICR is not registered with the Charity Commission because we are a college of the University of London, and this is standard for long-standing universities and museums. Our exempt reference number is X90004.

Will for Free

Will for Free allows you to make a professionally-written Will, free of charge and enables us to raise vital funds for our world-leading cancer research.

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Will for Free members

Hear from our Will for Free partner solicitors and get their advice for anyone thinking about making their Will for the first time.

Will for Free members

Legacy supporters

If they’re giving up their time for us, donating monthly or helping us in another way, we think all of our supporters are amazing and we want to share their stories.

Legacy supporters

Donate in memory

Donate in memory of someone and celebrate their life. Here are all the ways you can donate to the ICR in-memory.


Leaving a Legacy to the ICR

Professor Robin Weiss, a former Director of The Institute of Cancer Research, recently decided to add a legacy into his Will to benefit the ICR.

Our achievements

Did you know together with our hospital partner The Royal Marsden, we are one of the top centres in the world for cancer research and treatment?