Two lasting legacies

26 December 2018

Nearly half of the donations we receive come from gifts in wills - however large or small, they are vital to the disabled people we support.

For our second day of Christmas we take a look at just two of the lasting legacies we have received.

Keeping the Fergusons together

Thanks to gifts in wills, siblings Grant (39), Kerry (37) and Scott (35) Ferguson managed to avoid separation. 

All three have physical and learning disabilities and had lived with their father, but in November 2015 he sadly passed away from cancer. The family home had to be sold and Grant, Kerry and Scott moved to Leonard Cheshire’s Parkside Guesthouse. 

The siblings built close relationships with everyone there but living in a guest house never truly felt like home.

the Fergusons with Santa

They only ever imagined it would be a short-term solution, but when the council were unable to find a suitable property where they could live together and independently, their stay at Parkside grew longer.

Now, thanks to legacy donations to Leonard Cheshire in Scotland, they’ve moved into a suitable house. Somewhere that with the continued support of Leonard Cheshire, they’ll be able to live independently, in a place they can call home. 

They’re so excited about their new home.

Scott said: 

‘We can’t thank Leonard Cheshire enough for their support, and the gifts in wills that made this possible.’

Beryl Knight’s legacy

My daughter Jenny lived at Greenhill House near Bath for 17 years, where she was cared for with much love. The atmosphere throughout the home was one of friendliness and awareness of the needs of the residents.

Whilst Jenny was there, I had the great privilege of meeting Leonard Cheshire, a truly inspiring man, and a memory I treasure. I said to him, ‘you must be pleased to achieve so much during your lifetime’, and he responded ‘but there is so much more to do.’

Leonard visiting Greenhill House

My conversation with Leonard Cheshire has always stayed with me, and by leaving a gift in my will, I feel I have found my own small way of doing something more for disabled people. 

It makes me very glad to know that after I’ve gone my legacy will be helping more disabled people to be as happy and well cared for as Jennifer was during her time at Greenhill House.

Find out more information about how you can leave a lasting legacy and play an active role in someone else’s future.

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