Stage legend leaves £13k to Blue Cross

Friday, 23rd September 2011

Stage legend Pat Kirkwood has ensured that many animals in need have access to pet medication and pet food by leaving thousands to an animal charity in her will.

Kirkwood, who appeared in numerous stage shows and was the first woman to have her own television series on the BBC, left over £13,000 to the Blue Cross.

She passed away in December 2007 and she left her estate to her husband, Peter. Following his death, her fortune was divided between a number of charities, including the Blue Cross.

Another celebrity who famously left money to the charity in his will was British fashion designer Alexander McQueen, who was a well-known lover of animals.

McQueen left £100,000 to the Blue Cross, as well as £50,000 for his own dogs in a trust fund to cover the cost of their upkeep for the remainder of their lives.

Speaking at the time, Blue Cross chief executive Kim Hamilton said: "It is a touching tribute to his obvious love for his dogs and his legacy will allow us to help many thousands more sick and homeless animals across the UK."