A living legacy – Valerie’s story

While many people choose to leave legacies to charities in their wills that will benefit the organisation after their death, in 2023 Dorothy House received the incredible gift of a house in Bradford on Avon from Mrs. Valerie Dyer; a living legacy. Valerie shares her story below.

Val Dyer a living legacy

Gifting my house to the Hospice

‘Dorothy House looked after my husband in his last few days. The atmosphere there was so special.  How do you describe an atmosphere? Dorothy House is a source of assistance generally, for all the family involved. Getting older made me realise that I had enough money to support myself and anything left over could support someone else. I do not have any family dependent on me, you see, so I might as well be giving it to somebody else.

I chose Dorothy House. The first time I rang Dorothy House and told them that I wanted to give them my house it struck them dumb. I had to say it three times to three different people. I realised I had enough without relying on the house and I wanted to do this whilst I was still alive.’

Watch Val’s full interview

A selfless gift in supporting end of life care

Valerie’s living legacy to Dorothy House is a true testament to our unwavering commitment to our community. Val’s gift also shines a light on the valuable support required in order to reach our goal of providing end of life care to anyone in need. Her legacy will make a profound difference to our patients and their families by helping to fund our services.

Should you wish to enquire about leaving a legacy to Dorothy House, no matter how large or small (every gift really does count), please contact Sarah, Head of Legacies, on 01225 721 480 or email Sarah.Dodd@dorothyhouse-hospice.org.uk. You would be welcome to come and visit at our Winsley site for a chat and a cup of coffee.