Sunderland war hero donates almost £230,000 to St Benedict’s Hospice

Addie Vandervelde, hailed a hero for his service in the Air Force in World War II when he flew on Halifax bombers, once again became a hero two years after his death, when he gifted an amazing amount to St Benedict’s Hospice in Ryhope of just under £230,000.

Richard Reed is a regular supporter of the Hospice and is aware that the gift could not have come at a better time as they, like many other charities, have struggled to raise funds during the coronavirus pandemic.

Wendy Mustard, Head of Wills, Trusts, Probate & Court of Protection here at Richard Reed Solicitors was proud to have been asked to handle the administration of Mr Vandervelde’s estate. Wendy said “Throughout the course of our work, we have the privilege of dealing with the estate affairs of many truly amazing and inspiring people, of which Mr Vandervelde is a shining example.”

You can read more about Mr Vandervelde and his kind gift in the Sunderland Echo here.

Wendy goes on to say “But of course, not all our clients can be war heroes but they do all hold their own special place in history for whatever reasons and many of them selflessly choose to leave monetary gifts to help charities when they are gone.”

Wendy and her friendly and compassionate team are here to help if you’d like to ensure a donation is gifted to a charity of your choice when you pass and can also help generally with the management of your future financial, property and health affairs, through the provision of their following services:

·        Wills

·        Power of Attorney

·        Court of Protection

·        Probate & Estate Administration

·        Equity Release

·        Deed of Gift

They can be contacted by calling 0191 567 0465 or by emailing them at: [email protected]

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