Recently we were lucky enough to be chosen by not one, but two generous people who wished to leave a gift in their Wills – married couple Peter and Joyce Wiles, from Westerhope.
Peter and Joyce described each other as ‘soulmates’, and in fact claim their marriage was predicted via a fortune teller on Newcastle’s Town Moor! The fortune teller told Joyce she would marry a boy with a name beginning with ‘P’, who was currently in Australia. This proved true, with Joyce meeting Peter for the first time after he returned from service in the Navy, having been set up by their respective parents.
Marrying in 1967, their lives were full of jokes, dancing, gardening, and cats. As they grew older and thoughts turned to future planning, the pair both decided that they wished to support Newcastle Hospitals in their wills. Joyce spent more than 65 days being cared for in the Freeman, and the couple were very grateful for the care she received. After they passed away, their family friend Ken Morell oversaw actioning their very generous last wishes. A substantial amount of money was donated to Newcastle Hospitals Charity, to support both the Special Care Baby Unit and Children’s Cancer Research.
A huge thank you to Ken Morell and David Watson for sharing Joyce and Peter’s story with us, with their blessing.
If you would be interested in discussing leaving a gift in your will to support Newcastle Hospitals, or would like to request a copy of our brochure, please get in touch for a no-obligation chat. You can call Amanda on 0191 213 7235 or email [email protected].
Leaving a donation to a charity in your will is a huge decision, and one that we never take for granted. The kind individuals who leave a gift to us are helping to make major improvements at Newcastle Hospitals, covering a wide range of hospital areas. Recent gifts have supported premature and unwell babies, young patients in the Great North Children’s Hospital, and our expert cardio teams.
A legacy donation is not just a transaction, it is a symbol of a life lived and the faith held by our supporters in the work we do.Return to Gifts in Wills page