About

Who we are

We are two families whose lives have been affected by the UK ban on assisted dying. You can read our stories on this website. This is Elaine’s story, and this is J & V’s story.

What we are doing

Our mission is to challenge the ban on assisted dying in the UK, through litigation in the High Court. We wish to bring about a change in the law for people with terminal illness or incurable illnesses.  On this site, you can find information about the law on assisted dying, read views of our supporters and see how you can help us.

What we are asking for 

We need funding to bring a legal challenge to the ban on assisted dying through the courts. We are just two representative families. There are many others in the same situation as us.  We are doing it for everyone who believes in the right to autonomy over death.  We believe there is a public interest in this legal action going forward.

How much we need

We have instructed Bindmans LLP to advise and represent us in relation to this challenge. We need £50,000 to cover the initial costs of the case. This will cover steps up to issuing proceedings. Our solicitors need to take witness statements, speak to experts and prepare a  letter to the government which sets out the factual and legal basis of the claim. Once they receive a response, they will need to consider it, gather evidence, conduct further legal research – that is, all of the pre-litigation steps. If we can get our case that far, we will need to speak to our solicitors to review the case – as well as costs costs – in order to carry on.

What you can do:

  • You can help by donating money (visit our CrowdFunder page here);
  • Spread the word by sharing our CrowdFunder page with your contacts;;
  • Send us your personal story – or a message of support – so that it can be uploaded to our website, with a photo if you wish.

About this site

We have instructed solicitors at Bindmans LLP to advise and represent us in our challenge against the ban on assisted dying in the UK. You can find out more about the firm we have instructed at their website.