A Newmarket woman left a generous gift in her will of £10,000 for an Alzheimer’s charity to give hope to people with the devastating disease.
Patricia Evans, who lived in Croft Road for most of her life after being evacuated to the town at the outbreak of the Second World War, died last year at the age of 91.
She decided to leave the gift to Alzheimer’s Research UK in memory of her husband, Fred, who died in 1998, a few years after Alzheimer’s took hold.
Patricia’s nephew, Chris Bentinck, who lives in Surrey, said: “She was a lovely lady, very friendly and polite and never argued with anyone.
“She was tiny and struggled to look after Fred when Alzheimer’s crept on. The experience opened her eyes to the dreadful lack of funding for research for new treatments and a cure.
“She left a gift in her will to Alzheimer’s Research UK to give hope to other people.”
Patricia, who worked in the civil service for 40 years, and Fred, a Royal Navy and Burma Star veteran, were married in 1955.
Mr Bentinck said Patricia knew something was wrong with Fred when he started to suffer mood swings and would get lost on the way to his local social club.
“It was such a stressful time for Pat and I’m very proud that she left a gift to Alzheimer’s Research UK to help defeat this devastating disease.”
Ian Wilson, director of fundraising at Alzheimer’s Research UK, said: “Patricia’s generous gift will pay for 500 hours of world-class scientific research, bringing us closer to finding new ways to diagnose, prevent, treat and cure Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.”