In the lead up to Christmas, we turn to look at the work of Alder Hey Children's Charity and in particular Gwyneth and Arthur's legacy to Liverpool...
Gwyneth and Arthur Harrison married in 1947 when Arthur returned from serving in the army in India during the Second World War.
Arthur resumed his career as a Civil Servant and was awarded the Imperial Service Order in his 50's in recognition of his outstanding contribution to public service. Sadly, Gwyneth and Arthur were unable to have children of their own but Gwyneth was a remarkable teacher working for many years as Deputy Head in the same primary school.
Following Arthur's death in 2004, Gwyneth decided to donate to a number of charities. Having watched Children's Hospital on television, Arthur had been very touched by the stories of poorly children. Gwyneth decided to make a donation in his memory to Alder Hey and visited the hospital to find out how her money helped.
Gwyneth was delighted to lean that her first donation had been used to purchase equipment for premature babies. It inspired her to continue to make annual donations until her death at the age of 91. Following her death, Alder Hey Children's Charity was very touched to receive a substantial gift from Gwyneth's estate.
If you are in the process of organising your own Will, or are considering doing so, do please think about leaving something to a local charity. It is very easy to arrange and, really will, make a lasting difference to so many people in our region.