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Lord Wandsworth Receives £2.1m Bequest

Published Monday 13th of May 2013 03:10:48 PM

Lord Wandsworth College announced today news of a £2.1m bequest to the Foundation from a former pupil,

The gift is a bequest in the will of Jessie Flower who passed away in 2011. Jessie attended Lord Wandsworth's Girls' School at Gosden House in Bramley in the 1930s. Both she and her sister were supported by the Foundation following the death of their father while they were still young.

The bequest brings the total given to the Foundation in the past five years to more than £3.3m.

The trustees of the Foundation will follow Mrs Flower's wish to invest the sum into the William and Jessie Flower Fund and use the income to fund school fees for the 50 Foundationers who currently attend the College. The Foundationers have been selected not only in terms of ability but also because of their need to be in a boarding school environment having faced significant challenges in their home lives. Since the college first opened its doors in 1922, over 2,500 Foundationers have been supported by the charity.

'Mrs Flower's bequest is a very significant gift for our Foundation,' commented Headmaster Fergus Livingstone. 'Mrs Flower was not only grateful for her own education, but could see the value of a boarding school education for children in a similar situation in today's environment. Her decision to support our charity in this way is a huge endorsement of the work that we continue to do here at LWC and will bring significant progress to our programme to refinance the Foundation as it enters its second century.'

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