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.