A key part of promoting the ‘Make a Will’ week is to let visitors to Auckland Hospital know about previous bequests that have made a huge impact on the development of our wonderful facility.
Here are some of the stories that you will be able to see which are being promoted around the hospital.
Joan Ip wanted to say a big thank you for caring for her husband
In 1974 George Ip was diagnosed with kidney disease and was in hospital for almost a year before dying in 1976.
Joan Ip never forgot the wonderful care that her husband received, nor the support provided to her and her daughter by the staff of the Renal Department at Auckland Hospital. She decided to leave a bequest in her Will to the Renal Department to help fund research that might ultimately assist other people who find themselves in her husband’s situation.
When Joan died 35 years later, a substantial bequest was received which has been used towards funding further research. Her thoughtfulness will ensure that medical research into renal disorders will continue.
Allan Wong was keen to help people who became ill like him.
He hoped that ongoing research would produce breakthroughs in treating haematological disorders.
Allan was one of many patients who received great care and treatment from the Haematology Department of Auckland Hospital. Before he died, he updated his Will to include a bequest to the hospital specifically to help fund ongoing research and development into haematology disorders.
His substantial bequest continues to find better ways to treat patients with blood disorders and future patients will benefit from Allan’s generosity and thoughtfulness.
Over 100 years ago, Mr. Edward Costley left a bequest of £12,150 to the Hospital Trust in 1887 – about $2million in today’s money. With this gift various important works were carried out including; new wards, an operating theatre, cots for children and the building of a Nurses’ Home for the old Hospital.
The generosity of Edward Costley also enabled the hospital kitchen at that time, to be powered by steam. Other permanent improvements were carried out with the aid of the Costley bequest and included a new mortuary, an extensive drainage system, a destructor, and a children’s hospital with fifty-two cots, which cost about £5000. Yet another important extension of the hospital was the erection of a nurses home with the first section being built with money from the Costley bequest.
Fred Butler greatly appreciated the staff at Auckland Hospital.
In 1994 Fred made a bequest and his generosity continues to be appreciated 20 years later. Fred wanted to acknowledge the great work of the staff at Auckland Hospital and the Nursing Resource Centre is one of the outcomes of his legacy. The centre is a nurturing and supportive environment that enables nurses to recover from long shifts, take a break or to use the resources available.
Leaving a gift in his Will was one man’s way of acknowledging his gratitude to the special staff at Auckland Hospital. How thrilled he would be to know that his kindness is still appreciated by so many, long after his bequest was made.