Giving a major gift

Making a large donation

Making a large donation will help to end the pain of arthritis and support the millions of people with arthritis in the UK today.

Your generous support will help to fund research into all forms of arthritis and related conditions and achieve our mission to develop a cure for arthritis, prevent its onset and transform the lives of people living with arthritis.

You can make a positive and tangible change in the quality of life for people with arthritis so that they can say: “I am in control, independent and recognised”.

Significant donations from individuals like you are crucial to our work as they enable us to invest in much-needed research to find a cure for arthritis as well as help support people living with arthritis today.

Donations of £5,000 or more

We work with philanthropists across the country who donate £5,000 or more. If you can make a major gift to Versus Arthritis, we’d love to hear from you.

We value the bespoke nature of our relationship with each of our donors and are happy to discuss your areas of interest. We'll work with you to make sure that you know where exactly your money goes and the impact it has on making our groundbreaking research happen.

The major gifts team would also be happy to help you arrange gifts of shares to Versus Arthritis.

Donations of under £5,000

If a gift of under £5,000 is more appropriate, you can still help. Why not become a member of the Joint Initiative, our new giving club for supporters committed to making a regular donation of at least £1,000 a year?

Read more about The Joint Initiative.

What you get in return

As a major supporter you'll:

  • receive regular updates on our work and the impact of your support
  • receive invites to exclusive events, lab tours and receptions
  • get the opportunity to meet some of our leading scientists and senior charity staff
  • be given the option to be thanked publically through key communications.

Donating through a charitable trust or foundation

Charitable trusts and foundations play an important role in funding cutting-edge research into the prevention and cure of arthritis and improving the lives of people living with arthritis today.

If you’re a trustee, have contact with a trust, or are setting one up, we’d be delighted to hear from you.

To find out more about Versus Arthritis work and to discuss how you could get involved, please contact 0300 790 0400.

Some of our charitable trust supporters

The Edith Florence Spencer Memorial Trust

Edith Florence Spencer was born in 1909. She was educated at Long Eaton Grammar School and worked for Customs and Exercise during the war. Her father died of heart disease in 1926. Her mother had arthritis but lived to the age of 90.

Edith died in 2005 aged 95, lived in Ockbrook all her life and never married. When Edith made her will she decided to set up a charitable trust to 'provide for the relief of suffering causes to those persons with heart defects, heart disease, rheumatism and arthritis and any associated complaints'.

Today Edith's Trust gives financial support to a wide range of people in need; including research at the University of Nottingham to ascertain;

  • how effective the seasonal flu vaccination really is for people with inflammatory arthritis, who are taking immune-supressing treatments
  • if the proportion of people with inflammatory arthritis, taking disease modifying anti-rheumatic drugs, receiving the annual flu vaccine has increased over the last ten years
  • whether there is regional variation in the uptake of the flu vaccine across the UK.

John Jarrold Trust

The John Jarrold Trust kindly supports arthritis research in Norfolk.

'We acknowledge the grant we have received from the Harry Cureton Charitable Trust'

The Joint Initiative giving club

Together we can create a better future for people living with arthritis

The Joint Initiative is an exclusive fundraising community for supporters who give a special personal gift of between £1,000 and £5,000 a year.

Your gift will support the most promising research into ending pain and giving people with arthritis the hope of a pain-free future.

Contact Sophie Laitner on or 020 7307 2252 to join.

Why support research into pain?

We’re dedicated to improving the quality of life for people living with arthritis so that they can say "I'm in control, independent and recognised".

People living with arthritis have told us that what affects their lives most is pain. Pain presents them with a daily challenge and they're living with it for decades.

To give people with arthritis a pain-free future, we urgently need to understand much more about how and why they feel pain. As part of The Joint Initiative, you can do this.

What do I get for my membership?

In appreciation of your generous support of between £1,000 and £5,000 a year you’ll receive:

  • regular updates on the work your support is making possible
  • invitations to private events, including an annual exclusive The Joint Initiative event
  • the opportunity to meet senior Versus Arthritis staff and the researchers working to crack pain
  • the option to be publically thanked on our website and in our newsletters
  • a dedicated Versus Arthritis contact.

How do I become a member?

To become a member of The Joint Initiative or to find out more, please contact Sophie Laitner on or 020 7307 2252.