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WHAT WILL YOUR LEGACY BE? Leaving a gift to the University in your will is an extraordinary way to celebrate your life. These are three remarkable stories that show the impact of legacy gifts, no matter the size.


Jack Timms

From those closest to Jack we have learnt that he was an avid (selftaught) golfer, had a passion for cars and was successful in everything he turned his hand to. He was also a lover of Rhodesian Ridgebacks – he and his wife Barbara owned three of them, all called Ben. Starting his working life as a bricklayer, Jack went on to become one of the founders of Pinegrove Country Club, as well as playing a role within the region’s largest taxi company, City Taxis. Jack might not have been a University of Sheffield graduate, but his donations of over £16,000 to the University have funded vital medical research by Dr Andrew Chantry into myeloma, a type of blood cancer. Jack’s gift will undoubtedly transform the lives of those living with myeloma, paving the way for future diagnostics and therapies. Read more on Jack’s story: sheffield.

Dorothy Fleming

Dorothy was only ten years old when her parents made the difficult decision to send her and her four-year-old sister Lisi from Vienna to England on one of the Kindertransport trains. The family was eventually reunited in England and Dorothy went on to have an incredible career.

She started teacher training and went on to establish Sheffield’s first Jewish kindergarten, where she was the headteacher until her retirement. In the years following, she studied psychology at the University using her classroom experience to become an expert lecturer within her field. Dorothy began volunteering to educate adults and children about the Holocaust. She gave over 400 lectures, was interviewed by researchers, authors and archivists and appeared on TV. She dedicated her life to education and believed it was the responsibility of each generation to develop themselves, understand history and to pass on the most important values to future generations. Dorothy’s legacy donation of £1,000 will have a tremendous impact on the University’s Maker{Futures} programme, continuing the passion and commitment to education she showed throughout her lifetime. Read more on Dorothy’s story: sheffield.

Sheena Waitkins

For the past two academic years, Sheffield has increased its cohort of medical students. 15 of those places were reserved for graduate entry students from under-represented backgrounds in medicine. Thanks to donations from alumni including Sheena, all 15 of these medical students have received a scholarship. Sheena left the University an incredible legacy gift of over £150,000, with a focus on graduates studying medicine as their second degree. Thanks to Sheena’s generosity, we can offer greater financial support to those who may have taken less traditional routes to study medicine and help them to become doctors in the future. Read more on Sheena’s story:

Create a legacy of your own If you are considering leaving a legacy gift to the University in your will, David Meadows, our Philanthropy Manager, can talk through your ideas in confidence and ensure your wishes are realised. Contact David: 📞 +44 (0)114 222 1073 ✉

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