Molly leaves gift of hope for people with Alzheimer’s

Molly's gift of £5,000 will make an extraordinary impact on dementia research.

Posted on 29th September 2014

Alzheimer’s Research UK has received a gift of £5,000 from the late Molly Elliott who lived in East Grinstead for over 40 years. Molly died from pneumonia in November 2013, aged 94. She left the gift in her Will to the UK’s leading dementia research charity in memory of her husband Lewis who died with Alzheimer’s disease in 1999.

During the Second World War, Molly served in the British Army and later went on to work for an insurance company in London. She lived with her parents in Surrey until she married Lewis in her late forties. The couple then settled in East Grinstead and Molly became well known in the area for her voluntary work with the British Red Cross.

Molly’s stepson, Tim Elliott, who lives in Felcourt said:

“Molly was a kind person and always very hardworking. She met my father in 1964, two years after my mother [Betty] died from a brain tumour. It had been a traumatic time but marrying Molly helped him rebuild his life.

“My father was in his late 70s when he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and Molly looked after him for several years. However, as the disease took hold the kind and gentle man we knew gradually disappeared. He became irrational and impatient and in the end didn’t know who he was or what he was doing. He needed professional care in a nursing home for the last year of his life and died at 82. He’d be proud to know that Molly left a gift to Alzheimer’s Research UK to help defeat this devastating disease.”

Joanne Fearne-Green, Legacy Manager at Alzheimer’s Research UK, added:

“There are over 830,000 people in the UK living with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia today, including over 14,000 people in West Sussex. Dementia poses one of the greatest threats to public health but funding for research still lags far behind other serious diseases.

“We are so grateful to Molly for remembering Alzheimer’s Research UK in her Will. Her generous gift of £5,000 will pay for 250 hours of world-class scientific research. This will bring us closer to finding new ways to diagnose, prevent, treat and cure dementia. We rely on public donations and gifts in Wills pay for one in three of our research projects. However big or small, these gifts allow ordinary people to make an extraordinary impact on our crucial dementia research.”

For more information about leaving a gift to fund pioneering dementia research, contact Joanne Fearne-Green in confidence at Alzheimer’s Research UK on 0300 111 5555 or email

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