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Cancer patients to benefit from generous legacy

A Bath man has left what’s described as a ‘generous’ gift in his Will to help the future care of cancer patients at the Royal United Hospital.

Anthony Alexander, known to his family as Michael and as Alex to his friends and work colleagues, died aged 87 in 2015 from inoperable pancreatic cancer.

His sister Moira said: “My brother used the services of the RUH for over 80 years and has had many reasons to be grateful to the hospital for their care and dedication during this time. They were always there for him, right until the end of his life.


“Michael had made a generous bequest in his will to the hospital’s charity, the Forever Friends Appeal, as he wished to give something back to the hospital as a thank you for all their care over the years, and to enable the medical staff to continue the wonderful work they do in the best environment possible.

“It is very apt that his kindness will benefit patients being treated for cancer, as well as other areas across the hospital. Having the knowledge that my brother’s memory will live on,  through the care of thousands of lives well into the future, provides me with great comfort during those difficult times.”

Jan Witt, In Memory & Legacy officer, said: “I am very much looking forward to showing Moira the plans of the new cancer centre to be built at the RUH, so that she can see first-hand how her brother’s kindness will help to transform the facilities for patients, their families and staff too. I believe she will be immensely proud to see how her brother’s legacy is going to definitely make a difference. We will make sure that his kind support is acknowledged in the most appropriate way within the design of the new build.

“The Appeal is always truly grateful for the compassion of everyone who leaves a gift to the hospital’s charity in their will, whatever its value. Gifts bequeathed in this way are extremely important to help improve the services of the RUH, enabling it to continue to offer the best treatment, delivered by the best staff, with up-to-date facilities and very best medical equipment.”

If you are considering supporting the hospital in this way and would like more information on leaving a gift in your Will or wish to discuss further and in complete confidence , please contact Jan Witt, Legacy Officer on 01225 825819 or email jan.witt@nhs.net.

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