Bequest helps five charities

John Ainley hands out the legacyTHE memory of a former doctor’s receptionist will live on with a donation of more than £15,000 to good causes.

Solicitor John Ainley distributed the legacy left by May Lees, who died in 2004 at the age of 94, between 5 organisations.

They were chosen to reflect her wishes to support people with health problems, and disadvantaged children.

Dr Kershaw’s Hospice Royton and Francis House Children’s Hospital, Didsbury, both benefited along with the Masonic Fishing Charity which helps mentally and physically disabled people to enjoy fishing.

Donations were also given to The United Reformed Church, Union Street, Oldham, and EN Fundraising, a branch of the Link for Pink appeal to raise money for the Royal Oldham Hospital’s Victoria Breast Care Unit.

Miss Lees was born in Oldham and never married.  She lived for many years in Wallshaw Street, Mumps, before moving to Franklin House residential home, Coldhurst, in 1999.

Mr Ainley, senior partner at North Ainley Halliwell, Clegg Street, was her solicitor for more than 30 years.  Miss Lees asked him to divide part of her estate between good causes of his choice.  He said: “Miss Lees was an independant and generous lady.  I think these gifts reflect her wishes.”

Story and Picture – Oldham Evening Chronicle

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