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£2m bequest will enhance services at Alfred Bean Hospital

The League of Friends of Alfred Bean Hospital Driffield has received a major boost after the organisation announced that it is set to benefit from a substantial amount of money bequeathed to them by the estate of a well-known Driffield man.

Following his death in December 2021, The League of Friends were notified by the executors of Mr Reginald Dobson’s estate, that he had left the majority of it to a new charitable trust to be established for the benefit of The League of Friends, which raises money towards new equipment for the Bridlington Road hospital.

Now that probate has been received, members of the League of Friends can now share the news with people of Driffield and the Wolds that the estate is worth in excess of £2 million.

We believe that with this amount of money, we will be able to kick-start new projects and enhance the existing services which are available at our local hospital.

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Nicky Ingham, treasurer of the League of Friends, told the Wolds Weekly that the generosity of Mr Dobson, owner of E E Dobson & Sons painter and decorators, is a ‘dream come true’.

“We are delighted and shocked to be the beneficiary of such a large estate,” said Nicky.

“Mr Dobson’s generosity will benefit everyone in the town, as well as surrounding villages.

“To have a local man donate this amount of money to his local hospital is remarkable and like a dream come true to our charity.

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“The League of Friends will do what it always has done and will work with the hospital staff, NHS and other service providers for the improvement and preservation of the Alfred Bean Hospital.”

Nicky added that the new charitable trust is currently being established by the executors of Mr Dobson’s estate.

Once established, an announcement will be made on how the donation will be used.

“We can only thank Mr Dobson for his wonderful gift for the town and we will do everything we can to ensure that the money is put to the best use possible,” she said.

“We believe that with this amount of money, we will be able to kick-start new projects and enhance the existing services which are available at our local hospital.

“We will update the town in due course when we are in a position to confirm in greater details how this legacy will be used.

“It is a privilege to be able to share such great news for Great Driffield.”

Sandra Wilkinson, chairman of the League of Friends, added: “Mr Dobson’s wonderful gift to the Alfred Bean Hospital came as a very big surprise and we were delighted to be chosen as the charity to benefit from it.

“It will hugely be of benefit to the people of Driffield and surrounding areas and we can assure everyone we at the Hospital League of Friends will use it most carefully and wisely.”

Despite cuts in recent years, Alfred Bean Hospital still retains a wide range of clinics for people of all ages.

These range from screenings, advice and support with mental health and addiction to hearing aid maintenance and physiotherapy.

Commenting on Mr Dobson’s donation, Dr Simon Cox, NHS Place Director for the East Riding of Yorkshire Health and Care Partnership, said: “Mr Dobson’s donation is extremely generous and East Riding of Yorkshire Health and Care Partnership looks forward to working with the League of Friends to ensure the money is used to provide health and care services that benefit all residents in Driffield and surrounding areas.”

A spokesperson from Humber Teaching NHS Foundation Trust added: “We are delighted with the news of the donation.

“The funding will be used to enhance the Alfred Bean building which forms part of the Trust long term estate plans.”

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