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Elderly Man Leaves 1.4 Million to Animals

A British man living in northwest England left a fortune to three animal charities: PDSA, Blue Cross and The Donkey Sanctuary. No one knew he had the money. In fact, he lived so modestly, by the time of his death he only had the clothes he was wearing. He lived his last years on about twenty pounds a month in an assisted living facility, even though he had well over one million pounds to his name.

Gordon Hardy was a civil servant who lived in the Merseyside area for most of his life. His wife Jean passed away in 2007. They had no children. They  were animal lovers and were devoted to at least one dog, named Bobby. Mr. Hardy was eighty-three when he died.

Mr. Hardy’s attorney said, “Mr Hardy has made a wonderfully generous donation to three very deserving charities, he was a kind man with a big heart, and he did not live for grandeur and simply wanted those he felt deserving to benefit from his wealth.” (Source:

PDSA is a large pet hospital charity. They say this year they will provide two million free treatments to pets in need.  They operate entirely on financial support from the public.

The Blue Cross also takes care of animals at various pet hospitals. They started functioning in 1897. Their animal hospital at Merton was officially opened in 1999 by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother.

The Donkey Sanctuary was begun in 1973, with 38 donkeys. A year later that exploded into over 200. Since its founding, the sanctuary has had over 14,000 donkeys and mules receive care there.

A representative from the Donkey Sanctuary said, “We are truly grateful to Gordon Hardy for remembering the donkeys in his will as we rely entirely on donations and legacies to protect donkeys and mules and promote their welfare worldwide.  We always remember those who have left a legacy to the donkeys by inscribing their names on our memorial boards here at the Sanctuary in Devon for family, friends and visitors to see.” (Source:

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7:50PM PDT on Jun 25, 2011

A true gentleman and a wonderful hero! We need so many more like him in this sad world.

11:44PM PDT on Jun 12, 2011

ehat a great honorable man

10:46AM PDT on Jun 11, 2011

Good man.

1:24PM PDT on Apr 22, 2011

What a wonderful man. If anyone deserves to be made a Saint it should definitely be him.

11:43AM PST on Mar 4, 2011

Amazing ! Wonderful ! Brilliant ! Rest in Peace, Sir, you made this earth a better place !

5:45AM PST on Feb 20, 2011

What a great man and what a fantastic film of all the rescued donkeys. Thanks to all involved! Humanity at its best!

5:28PM PST on Feb 18, 2011

wish more people would do this...after all you cant take it with you. especially if you do not have children of family that need it.

11:48AM PST on Feb 17, 2011

I am gonna do this when I am very old and rich...

7:18PM PST on Feb 2, 2011

What a wonderful way to live. Mr. Hardy forfilled his dreams when he died. My husband and I always speak of what we'd do if we won a lottery. We'd do exactly the same thing as Mr. Hardy. Live the way we always have and leave the rest to animal sanctuaries and rescue groups.

1:42PM PST on Jan 19, 2011

true hero! i want to do this as well when i die.

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