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Lavenham couple's legacy lives on through kind gesture

By Priya Kingsley-Adam

A couple's legacy has lived on through a gift which has proved beneficial for patients with dementia.

Stan and Lily Levett, from Lavenham, who died within two years of each other, bequeathed money to St Nicholas Hospice Care.

It has funded a range of dementia clocks and a new privacy screen on the Sylvan ward in Bury St Edmunds.

The couple’s sons, Kevin and Des, said the gesture was down to the high standard of care that friends and family had received at the hospice.

Daughter-in-law Janice Levett praised the new additions on the ward.

“This is exactly what Lily and Stan would have wanted,” she said. “They would have been so pleased and proud to know that the legacy they left is making a difference to those being cared for by the hospice.

“They were always so determined that this gift was going to be made to the hospice; the family all knew about it, and it is nice to know the money they left is now helping others.”

Mr Levett died in 2017, aged 90, while his wife, Lily, originally from Devon, died in 2015.

The hospice provides care for people living with long-term or life-threatening conditions.

St Nicholas Hospice Care legacy officer Nick Duncan said: “Gifts in wills are a vital source of funding for the hospice.

“Averaging just over £1 million each year, they account for roughly 20 per cent of our total income.

“Without them, we wouldn’t be able to care for one in five of our patients.

“We are very fortunate to have received such generous support from the community we serve and our heartfelt thanks go to the Levett family for Stan and Lily’s kind bequest.

“We should like to encourage others to follow their example so that we’ll be here to support future generations.

“Even a modest gift in your will is going to make a difference to someone’s life.”

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