Rotherham Advertiser man left £46k in will for Bluebell Wood

Rotherham Advertiser man left £46k in will for Bluebell Wood

By Gareth Dennison | 06/08/2019

Rotherham Advertiser man left £46k in will for Bluebell Wood
Kevin Harrison

A GENEROUS long-serving Advertiser man stunned Bluebell Wood by leaving more than £46,000 to the charity in his will.

Kevin Harrison, from Whiston in Rotherham, died in 2018 aged 61 after a three-year battle with cancer.

Brother Lawrence (70) said: “Kevin never married, so after he’d thought about his extended family, he decided to leave a large portion of his will to charities, including Bluebell Wood.

“It meant a lot to me and my wife to visit the hospice and see how his legacy would help. 

“I got a lump in my throat as we had a look round. It really is a lovely place and an incredibly worthy cause.”

Ex-Maltby Grammar pupil Kevin lived in Whiston all his life and held a season ticket at Sheffield United.

He joined Henry Garnett and Co — then publishers of the Advertiser — as an apprentice stereotyper in 1974 and retired from the company four years ago.

His time at the 'Tiser saw the paper move from Henry Street to Eastwood to Manvers, while the technology changed from hot metal printing to photo-typesetting to the digital age.

Kind-hearted Kevin’s gift to Bluebell Wood was £46,382.

Julie Booth, hospice trust and legacy fundraiser, said: “It is a wonderful and moving final gesture on behalf of Kevin and it really will make a huge difference to the families who rely on Bluebell Wood for support.

“We depend on the kindness of people like Kevin to ensure our families can continue to make special memories in the time they have together.”