Man leaves fortune to hospital

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Man leaves fortune to hospital

A former Kettering shoe worker has left almost a quarter of a million pounds to Kettering General Hospital as a thank you for the many years of care his wife received for rheumatoid arthritis.

And his £238,476 legacy has bought 162 items of important medical equipment for the hospital.

Bernard Smith, 91, from Ise Road, Kettering, died on May 20, 2013. His wife Lilian received a lot of support and care from the hospital for her arthritis – which she developed aged 28 and suffered from for many years until her death in 1990.

The Smiths, who did not have any children, lived in Kettering throughout their lives.

A memorial plaque has been placed in Kettering General Hospital s main hospital corridor in memory of Mr Smith and in appreciation of his donation.

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