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Remember us in your will

By including a gift to the Charity in your Will you will help us support dental students, dentists and their families in the future. Contributions cost nothing now and you can do so by writing a new Will or amending an existing one.

We have put together a guide to help you. Request our Gifts in Wills guide.

The following video explains more:

Why leave us a gift in your will?

The founders of the BDA Benevolent Fund recognised a need to support those in the profession who fall on hard times and set up the Charity in 1883, to do just that. No one thought it would still be in existence 140 years later.

However, demand for financial and wellbeing support has increased hugely since the COVID-19 pandemic and we’re helping more people than ever before. We are also keen to ensure that we offer more holistic and preventative support and in the last few years have developed additional services to help the dental profession become more financially and emotionally resilient.

How are we funded?

Over 50% of our income is made up of voluntary sources – for example individual dentists sending us one off or regular contributions, gifts in Wills, fundraising at events and BDA branches and section meetings. We also receive a huge level of support from Local Dental Committees (LDCs) across the UK and occasionally some donations from dental or financial companies that work with dentists.

We are independent of the British Dental Association and do not receive funding from them directly or through membership subscriptions. You do not need to be a BDA member to seek support from us. The other 50% of our income are returns from our investment portfolio, set up a long time ago to provide a regular and ongoing source of funding.

Our aim is to raise £50,000 in legacy pledges each year to be able to ensure we can support dental students and their families now and in the future.

How do we help?

We proactively support the financial and emotional needs of dental students, dentists, and their dependents.

Services include:

You can read the personal accounts of those we have helped here:

How to leave a gift in your Will

We offer a limited number of free Will’s each year through our partnership with Farewill. It promotes good financial planning and the opportunity for you to think of us when you are putting your affairs in order.

Farewill makes writing your Will simple, secure, and flexible. There is no obligation to leave us anything when using the offer, but after the needs of your family have been taken care of, we hope you will consider leaving a gift – even 1% can make a big difference.

If you live in England and Wales, you can make a free Will online. If you live in Scotland or Northern Ireland, or have more complex circumstances, or would prefer to speak to someone, you can access your free Will using the Call Back Service.

If you already have a will and want to include us in it, all you need is our legal name – the British Dental Association (BDA) Benevolent Fund and our charity number – 208146. Our address is 64 Wimpole Street, London, W1G 8YS.

FREE DOWNLOAD: Gifts in Wills guide

If you would like more information on how to write your Will, download our free Gifts in Wills guide and get started today.

Dr Austin Banner


  • Trustee since 2010
  • Dental speciality – Retired consultant Orthodontist
  • County – Southern Counties
  • I am a Past President of the BDA Southern Counties Branch with extensive experience in committee, management, teaching, and training.

Dr Peter Crooks


  • Trustee since 2020
  • Dental Speciality – General Dental Practitioner
  • County – Antrim, Northern Ireland
  • I am the representative of the Principal Executive Committee of the BDA on the BDA Benevolent Fund Board. I hope to continue and foster the close working relationship between the Charity and the BDA, of whose members are also members of the charity. I’m also a Director and Secretary of a charitable company – CHEERS Youth Centre

Dr Molly Deykin


  • Trustee since 2020
  • Dental speciality – General Dental Practitioner
  • County – London
  • I have been involved in student support groups and I was elected British Dental Student Association President. I worked with the Sands Cox Charity when I was the Dental School Society Vice-President. After graduating I was the Foundation Dentist Representative on the BDA Young Dentists Committee.

Dr Allan Franklin


  • Trustee since 2003
  • Dental speciality – General Dental Practitioner for 35 years
  • County – Oldham/ Rochdale
  • I am the Chairman of BDA Oldham & Rochdale Section (and previous Secretary). Chairman for the E.Lancs & E Cheshire Branch of BDA in charge of section regeneration. Previous Chairman of British Society for Dental Hypnosis (as it was then) and involved in Local Dental Committees.

Dr Alex Gormley


  • Trustee since 2020
  • Dental Speciality – Academic Clinical Fellow at the University of Bristol
  • County – Bristol
  • I have worked in primary dental care and a maxillofacial unit since graduation. I am continuing my dental core training alongside academic training at the University of Bristol. I also serve as the Early Career Representative as an invited board member at the FDS at the Royal College of Surgeons of England.

Dr Chris Hayward


  • Trustee since 2013
  • Dental speciality – Associate Specialist in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Lead Clinician Dental Emergency Department Newcastle Dental Hospital, Honorary  Clinical Lecturer Newcastle Dental School
  • County – Newcastle/ Northern Counties
  • I have been active in the BDA at Section, Branch, and National Levels. I was a member of the Rep Board/Body; a former member of the BDA PEC; a Director of International Affairs; and the previous BDA Board.

Dr Philip Henderson


  • Trustee since 2006
  • Dental Speciality-Principal Practice Owner and in General Dental Service for 37 years.
  • County – Antrim, Northern Ireland
  • I have been a Church Elder for 34 years with pastoral care responsibility Local Dental Adviser for Dental Protection including attending GDC Hearings and Probity work in NHS Current member “Probing Dental Stress” group in N.I.
  • Past: LDC Chair, N.I.DPC Chair, Northern Ireland Branch BDA President, Director of the BDA’s PEC for two terms

Dr Ros Keeton


  • Trustee since 2008
  • Dental Specialty – Leadership and management of Dental Services
  • County – Shropshire
  • I am an experienced NHS Chief Executive and health care leader who combines a dental background with substantial leadership experience. I am also a Chairman of a specialist hospice and EOL charity Compton Care. I am a passionate and committed advocate for dentists in distress.

Dr Stuart Robson


  • Trustee since 2006
  • Dental speciality – A General Dental Practitioner
  • County– North Yorkshire
  • Former President of BDA 1999- 2000, previous Vice-Chairman of BDA Council and also Dental Services Committee. On behalf of North Yorkshire LDC, was organiser and lead of the North Yorkshire PASS (Practitioner Advice and Support Scheme) preventing some dentist with problems having dire financial and professional difficulties.

Dr Bill Creedon


  • Trustee since 2014
  • Dental speciality – GDP
  • County – Hampshire
  • I have been in general practice for over 20 years as a practice owner in Southampton. The last four years I have been also working at Kings College, London. I am Chair of the BDA’s Wessex branch and Vice Chairman of the Hampshire and Isle of Wight LDC.