Every day a vehicle accident, sporting injury or simple fall results in another Australian being paralysed by a spinal cord injury. There is no cure and to date a spinal cord injury remains a life sentence.
Through your will, you have the power to help us find a cure for this devastating condition so we can get people out of their wheelchairs and back on their feet.
After family and friends, please consider SpinalCure Australia in your will. Your gift, no matter how large or small, will make a difference.
For more information and a confidential conversation please telephone or email SpinalCure CEO, Duncan Wallace on 0459 359 180 | [email protected].
Suggested wording for your will
Following is suggested wording for the various types of bequest:
Percentage of your estate
“I give _____ per cent of my estate to Spinal Cure Australia, ABN 66 064 327 448 for its general purposes, free of all death and estate duties. I declare that the receipt of the Secretary or other authorised officer of Spinal Cure Australia shall be a sufficient discharge for my Executors.”
Residual of your estate
“I give all the rest of my real and personal property whatever and wherever situated to Spinal Cure Australia, ABN 66 064 327 448 for its general purposes, free of all duties. I declare that the receipt of the Secretary or other authorised officer of Spinal Cure Australia shall be a sufficient discharge for my Executors.”
A percentage of the residue
“I give ______ per cent of the residue of my estate to Spinal Cure Australia, ABN 66 064 327 448 for its general purposes, free of all duties. I declare that the receipt of the Secretary or other authorised officer of Spinal Cure Australia shall be a sufficient discharge for my Executors.”
“I give the sum of $______ or named item_______(eg. property, jewellery, shares) to Spinal Cure Australia, ABN 66 064 327 448 for its general purposes, free of all duties. I declare that the receipt of the Secretary or other authorised officer of the Spinal Cure Australia will be a sufficient discharge for my Executors.”
Generosity of late Peter Blundy helping to fund research grants
We are very pleased to announce that thanks to the generosity of the late Mr Peter Blundy, SpinalCure Australia is able to provide an annual award of travel or equipment grants for up to $10,000 a year.
These grants will help to support a researcher, clinician, or MSc/PhD student involved in SCI research related to SpinalCure’s goal of finding a cure for the paralysis caused by spinal cord injury.
These grants have been made possible by a bequest by Mr Peter Blundy, a former Australian Navy officer who had his life changed when a balcony rail collapsed, causing him to fall from the second storey. Mr Blundy sustained a severe head and spinal injury which resulted in him becoming a speech-impaired quadriplegic.
His speech therapist posted this video on Vimeo about Mr Blundy to share what an inspiring man he was throughout his 25-year rehabilitation process.
We are incredibly grateful for Mr Blundy’s generosity and pleased that his legacy is already creating impact in the quest the cure spinal cord injury.
A lasting legacy
Gwendoline Emmie Woodall lived a long life, seeing out her days on the Central Coast of New South Wales. She raised two sons, one of whom suffered a spinal cord injury. Sadly, Gwendoline was not known to SpinalCure in life but the tragedy of her son’s injury led her to leave her entire estate to help in our work. We are humbled by such selflessness and will ensure that her substantial bequest is put to the best possible use in the search for a cure for spinal cord injury.
A lasting legacy
The late Ellice Vivienne Britcliffe has generously donated a large part of her estate to SpinalCure Australia. Mrs Britcliffe was originally from Launceston Tasmania but more recently lived in the Tweed Head district of northern NSW. She was an ex-army medical corps during the second World War and was affectionately known in her local community. Following an accident confining her to a wheelchair, she was a strong believer in stem cell treatments having allegedly been given procedures to help improve an ulcerated leg. Till her death at 86, she remained an enthusiastic shopper and therefore known to the majority of retailers in Tweed City Shopping Mall.
Mrs Britcliffe’s deceased companion George Corness (with whom she shared a long partnership) was ex Royal Navy (RN) Petty Officer and became a successful rigger after joining the Australian Merchant Navy. While still in the RN, he was given special leave to search for his brother Jack, whom he finally found in a prisoner-of-war camp near the Burma-Siam Railway.
SpinalCure is extremely grateful for Mrs Britcliffe’s bequest and will ensure it goes towards high calibre research that will help people with spinal cord injuries.