Dame Vera Lynn left £250,000 to war veterans and their families

Forces’ Sweetheart Dame Vera Lynn left £250,000 – a quarter of her wealth – to war veterans and their families

  • She stipulated in her will that £250k from her £1.1m estate should be given to the Dame Vera Lynn Charitable Trust, which she set up with her husband in 1989
  • Shortly before her death last June, aged 103, Dame Vera thanked the public for their donations to the organisation
  • Trust’s website reveals it has made donations to groups such as Blind Veterans UK, Royal British Legion, Gurkha Welfare Trust and Help 4 Forgotten Allies 
  • Non-military causes to benefit include NSPCC, Starlight Children’s Foundation and NHS

Dame Vera Lynn left almost a quarter of her wealth to help former Armed Forces members and their families.

The Forces Sweetheart stipulated in her will that £250,000 from her £1.1 million estate should be given to the Dame Vera Lynn Charitable Trust, which she set up with her husband in 1989.

Shortly before her death last June, aged 103, Dame Vera thanked the public for their donations to the organisation, adding: ‘I set up my personal charity to make a difference to people’s lives, and particularly those about whom I am passionate – those who served their country bravely in the Armed Forces, children with disabilities, and of course more recently the “silent soldiers” of our marvellous NHS.

Dame Vera Lynn left almost a quarter of her wealth to help former Armed Forces members and their families

The Forces Sweetheart (above, in 1956) stipulated in her will that £250,000 from her £1.1million estate should be given to the Dame Vera Lynn Charitable Trust, which she set up with her husband in 1989

‘Importantly, I want this charity to keep making a difference long after I have gone. I only wish I could thank you for your generosity in person.’

The trust’s website reveals it has made donations to groups such as Blind Veterans UK, the Royal British Legion, the Gurkha Welfare Trust and Help 4 Forgotten Allies. Non-military causes to benefit include the NSPCC, Starlight Children’s Foundation and the NHS.

A fundraising appeal was launched last month to build a memorial to the singer near the White Cliffs of Dover.

The trust’s website reveals it has made donations to groups such as Blind Veterans UK, the Royal British Legion, the Gurkha Welfare Trust and Help 4 Forgotten Allies. Non-military causes to benefit include the NSPCC, Starlight Children’s Foundation and the NHS

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