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2019 LOCAL LADY'S GENEROUS LEGACY

At a recent Wimborne in Bloom event a short time was taken for the presentation of a cheque with the following words: "The late Mrs Margaret Joyce Walker formerly of North Leigh House, Colehill, who died in January 2017 has left legacies to numerous Wimborne organisations. The first of these was presented at the Wimborne in Bloom Quiz earlier this month. Ian Willis, one of her Trustees, presented a cheque for £10,000. Margaret had made this bequest by a codicil to her Will having won Third Prize one year for the Best Back Garden. Margaret was so overwhelmed by this award that she decided to leave Wimborne in Bloom this substantial legacy to enable the committee to "carry on the good work".

Margaret, a lady of substance, and strong character who did not suffer fools gladly, and there were many who kept their distance, was well known in the past for opening up the grounds of North Leigh for charitable fund raising. Blind for the last 7 years of her life, after her husbands death Margaret had lived in care and then moved into a care home. Margaret also had a Marine Home in Sidmouth close to her beloved Donkey Sanctuary. The majority of Margaret's wealth is bequeathed to charities, many being local or animal related."

Wimborne in Bloom is humbled by the generosity of this legacy.