£1.8 million left to charities

A TRIO of fortunate charities is thanking a Newton Mearns woman for her generosity from beyond the grave.

The organisations together received a windfall of £1.8 million from the will of retired Giffnock Primary teacher Jenny Bone.

The 102-year-old — who died last year — donated the majority of her cash to the National Trust for Scotland, with the remainder going to The Church of Scotland and the Saltire Society.

Bill Gardner, the National Trust for Scotland’s legacies manager told The Extra:“Following the sad news that Miss Bone had passed away, we were most grateful and appreciative of her decision to devote a portion of her estate to the trust.

“Miss Bone was a faithful supporter of the Trust in her lifetime and her very generous bequest will enable us to carry out our important conservation work at the 130 properties in our care. “Legacy income is only ever spent on conservation and maintenance work and never on administration.

“As a charity we absolutely depend on donations and bequests as well as our Membership fees. Miss Bone’s generosity will benefit everyone who cherishes Scotland’s heritage”.

The other two charities were also effusive in their praise for the thrifty woman - who was said by friends to “love gardening” - and they believe it will have a lasting impact for a number of years.