ONE of the largest legacies in a Kenton hospice’s history has been received by the service.
Eric Rawson left £250,000 in his will to St Luke’s Hospice after receiving end of life care in the comfort of his home.
The former patient organised the legacy with executor, Bharat Pindoria of Pindoria Solicitors in Stanmore, and a cheque was presented to the hospice.
This is one of the largest legacy that St Luke’s has ever received and Mr Rawson left money to other charities which support the elderly in Harrow in his will.
St Luke’s director of fund raising, Pam Russell, said: “St Luke’s Hospice is tremendously grateful to Mr Rawson and Pindoria Solicitors for this generous legacy. Every legacy, large or small is gratefully received and will make a valuable contribution to our patient care, but a legacy of this size will make a tremendous difference to the Hospice. It could, for example, fund 40 per cent of the costs of our Home Care teams, enabling patients to access high quality hospice care in the familiar surroundings of their own homes with the support of home visits from our doctors, nurses and social workers.”
Mr Rawson died aged 89 on November 29 2012, he was cared for by the home team at the hospice in the five days before his death.
The cheque was presented to the hospice on Tuesday March 11.
Mr Pindoria, on behalf of the estate of Eric Rawson, said: “I am very glad and proud that St Luke’s have received a generous donation under Mr Rawson’s will. This donation will continue the excellent work St Luke’s does in the community. The care that their patients are given is remarkable together with the support they give to their families at such difficult times. This donation from Mr Rawson will allow St Luke’s to carry on the excellent work it does for all those in our community. I hope this act of immense generosity inspires more people to leave a legacy in their wills to charities. Interestingly, by making a substantial donation to charities, Mr Eric Rawson’s estate saved nearly £200,000 in Inheritance Tax as all bequests to charities are exempt from the tax. I would prefer that St Luke’s and others charities received this money, rather than HMRC and the government.”