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A gift in your Will costs you nothing now but can make a difference for years to come.

Free Wills Month is a campaign running in March that partners charities with solicitors to offer people over the age of 55 the chance to have their Will written or updated for free. It is funded by charities that take part in the scheme. However, the average age of someone writing a Will in 2022 with Farewill was 49. Therefore, this Free Wills Month we are offering up a limited number of Wills to offer up to all of our supporters, regardless of age.

Did you know 2/3 of adults haven’t made a Will?

Unfortunately, we see the consequences of people who don’t make any provisions for the future, specifically how their families are to be taken care of. We would like to change that by raising awareness of good financial planning.

Having an (up-to-date) Will has many benefits; it helps to reduce your inheritance tax; helps you to care for family, friends, and pets; and controls your estate, making your wishes known (and hopefully avoiding arguments). It also allows you to offer assistance in the future to charities like us, supporting dental students, dentists, and their families.

Check out our stories page to learn more about what difference you could make by leaving us a gift.

Why Farewill?

Farewill has won multiple awards for its service, including National Will Writing Firm of the Year 2019-2022 at the British Wills and Probate Awards. Their specialist teams are available to help you over the phone or email, 5 days a week, 9 am-6 pm.

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There is no obligation to do so but if you choose to write your Will using our voucher codes we hope you’ll consider leaving a gift in your will to the BDA Benevolent Fund (registered charity number 208146), to at least cover the costs of the Will (RRP £90/£135 for a single/couple Will online and £240/£380 using the telephone service). Even 1% of your estate makes a huge difference.

If you live in England or Wales, you can access both online and telephone call-back services from the comfort of your home. If your Will is more complex, or if you live in Scotland and Northern Ireland, you can access your free Will using the telephone call-back service.

If you don’t think you’re ready to start your Will just yet, but would like to be reminded about any offers in the future, then sign up to our newsletter to be kept up to date.

Please note: we are independent of the BDA and so are not funded directly by them, nor their members through the membership fees. This is not a ‘benefit’ of BDA membership. It is funded through our marketing budget to help fundraise and promote good financial planning. There are a limited number of wills available.

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Dr Austin Banner

Vice-Chairman

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

Treasurer

  • 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

  • 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

Chairman

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.