Help us secure the future

A legacy pledge is an ideal way to support those causes that are closest to your heart, after making provision for your family and friends.

(Picture:  Richard Walters 1952-2010, Legacy donor to Palliative Care Research, Lancaster University Faculty of Health & Medicine.)

How your legacy can make a difference

Legacies of all sizes from generous supporters have had a major impact on Lancaster University, providing a lasting heritage through academic fellowships, memorial scholarships, student prizes, equipment and support to the Library and our Public Arts programme. Particularly beneficial are legacies that can be used at the discretion of the University, as they can often be used to maximise current strategic opportunities that leverage in significant additional resources. Your legacy could change the life of a student, or lead to break-through discoveries that address major global issues.

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To request further information about leaving a legacy to Lancaster University, please contact Nick Fragel, Director of Alumni & Development ( / 01524 594522)

Find out how a legacy helped research into Palliative Care here at Lancaster

A PhD student in Palliative Care has been funded thanks to a legacy from alumnus, Richard Walters 1952-2010 (Pictured above.)

Richard died from cancer in 2010 aged, 57, leaving £17,000 to Lancaster University where he was a student of physics from 1971-1974. His widow, Alison (pictured left with awardee Debbie Hayden), gave her own personal donation to top the amount up to £20,000. The money has enabled the creation of The Richard Walters Bursary in Palliative Care, funding a five-year, part-time distance learning PhD studentship in Palliative Care at the International Observatory on End of Life Care.

The bursary awardee, Debbie Hayden, is currently a lecturer at Our Lady's Hospice and Care Services in Dublin where she is doing the PhD by distance learning:

"This bursary means the difference between doing the PhD and not doing it, but meeting Alison makes it more special. I lost my mother recently so we both know how vital palliative care is." - Debbie Hayden

Alison Walters, Richard's widow, explains: "It has given Richard the opportunity to say thank you, as he would have wanted, to those wonderful people in palliative care who helped us then and have helped me since. This bursary honours their work. It has given a voice to a story to which I feel a responsibility, a personal tragedy with a universal message - medicine cannot cure all and high quality palliative care matters."

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