Here at Cornwall Living we think it’s so important to support local charities and love the chance to catch up with those who share our values. We recently had the opportunity to learn about Dinah and the amazing act of kindness she made through her will.
Legacies are vital to Cornwall Hospice Care as they fund nearly five months of care a year for the in and out patients supported through Mount Edgcumbe and St Julia’s hospices. As the charity prepares for its annual Make A Will Week (15th to 19th May), the Teagle family from Blackwater share their story of Dinah.
“Dinah was always busy,” explains her devoted widower Fred, “she was a mum and wife and was very involved in the family business.” Sitting in the conference centre at Teagle Machinery, Fred and his youngest son Colin are reminiscing. “Mum looked after us really well,” begins Colin. “She was caring, she worried about everyone else and loved to help those less fortunate than herself.”
Semi-retired now, Fred is full of admiration for his late wife, who was also volunteer treasurer for Cornwall Hospice Care’s St Agnes support group. “Dinah was a founding member and for 25 years worked extremely hard as a fundraiser so it wasn’t a surprise when she left some money in her will to help ensure the comfort of patients. A legacy is about making a difference and it certainly will for Cornwall Hospice Care, as the NHS contribution is so small. It’s a great comfort for the family that Dinah left this gift, doing something positive for a Cornish charity that she loved.”
Colin, who says he has happy memories of his mum all dressed up for local carnivals, says everyone should have a will. “It’s so important for the person and for those who are left behind as it provides an opportunity to remember family, friends and good causes. Mum would want Cornwall Hospice Care to carry on and flourish and this is her way of contributing to the charity’s future.”
The depth of Dinah’s generosity is truly inspiring and offers hope that local charities will always have dedicated supporters. Indeed, Dinah’s show of compassion for her favourite cause shows us that we can make a difference even after we are gone. If you would like to find out more about Make A Will Week, contact Debbie Henshaw on the email address below and discover how you can make a difference.
Cornwall Hospice Care