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Gullands helps Dr Gray achieve final wishes

Gullands Solicitors has acted for the estate of Dr Ann Betty Gray, who left more than £1million to three animal welfare charities.

Dr Gray, a retired hospital doctor from Maidstone, passed away in July last year leaving behind a sizeable estate and no immediate family.  Her final wishes were that the estate be divided equally between the RSPCA, The Royal Veterinary College and the University of Cambridge Veterinary School Trust.

Gullands chairman, Blair Gulland, had known Dr Gray for more than decade and in 2004 was appointed her attorney under a Power of Attorney to manage her affairs as her health deteriorated.  In 2006 she moved from her home in Maidstone to a residential care home in the town, where she passed away.

Katy Berman of the University of Cambridge Veterinary School Trust said: “Our role is to raise funds to support the Queen’s Veterinary School Hospital to enable it to provide the best in animal healthcare.  As a small charity this can be difficult."

“Dr Gray had one of her dogs treated at the hospital some years ago and we have been lucky enough to receive this sizeable legacy as a thank you for the care received.  Some of the funds have been used for the completion of a cancer therapy unit with the remainder to be used to purchase items from the hospital’s equipment list that will help thousands of patients.  It is a tremendous legacy and one that will keep saving lives for many years to come.”