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Include A Charity Week 7th - 13th September 2020

This include a charity week the NORTH Foundation wanted to highlight the important role that legacy gifts have played in not only maintaining our hospitals and medial research institute but actively allowing them to grow.

One legacy gift shaped the future of medical research for our community

We can’t help but be extra grateful for those in the community who dedicate their lives to creating a brighter future for all.

In particular, one woman’s generosity has had a significant impact on medical research conducted within the Northern Sydney community, an impact that we continue to benefit from today. 

In 1929, Mrs Eva KollingOBE made a gift of £5,000 (which equates to over £328,972 in 2020) in memory of her late husband – Charles Kolling. This generous donation was used to fund the construction of one of the first medical research laboratories in New South Wales – the Charles Kolling Memorial Laboratory.  

Upon her death in 1941, Eva generously left a legacy gift in her will to continue to support the development of the medical research facility which led to its expansion. What started as a single laboratory has since expanded into a fully-fledged medical research institute – The Kolling Institute of Medical Research  

As a joint partnership between The University of Sydney and the Northern Sydney Local Health District, the Kolling Institute of Medical Research is focused on answering some of the greatest health and medical challenges facing our world today. This year, the Institute will be celebrating its 100th anniversary this year and is considered to be the oldest medical research institute in New South Wales.   

It took incredible foresight, generosity, and passion for Eva Kolling to make the philanthropic investment that she did (especially during a time when such charity was unheard of). As a community, we should be grateful for this act of philanthropic leadership as without her gift the Kolling Institute of Medical Research may not have ever existed and been able to touch the millions of lives that it does today. 

Eva Kolling’s gift and bequest laid the foundation for medical research for generations to come 

To these people I tender my most sincere thanks because not only will my husband’s name be known forever, but many lives will be spared and humanity assisted generally.

Mrs Eva Kolling OBE was a generous benefactor of the Royal North Shore Hospital. Interested in medical research, in 1929 she donated £5000 for the building of a laboratory in memory of her late husband, Charles Kolling.

Your legacy in action

Your decision to leave a legacy gift in your Will to the NORTH Foundation will have a lasting impact on our hospital services, innovative medical research and ultimately, the lives of patients for generations to come.  

With your generosity we can continue to support, grow and improve our health services and innovative medical research helping in the fight against chronic diseases and devastating illnesses.   

Your generous decision to leave a gift in your Will to the NORTH Foundation can help:  

  • Support a clinical researcher to continue their work, purchase lab consumables and necessary equipment for their experiments  
  • Upgrade and replace crucial hospital equipment to help improve our patient services  
  • Provide learning and training opportunities to our healthcare staff in order to continue improving on our services and the patient experience  
  • Fund well-being programs for patients and their families to help with rehabilitation and recovery after treatments  
  • Assist with funding crucial hospital capital work upgrades to surgery theatres, wards and clinical trials spaces.  

 If you would like more information on how you could include the NORTH Foundation or one of our beneficiaries in your will and provide support through a legacy gift please fill out the form below. 

Find out more

For more information about leaving a gift in your Will or to just have a confidential conversation, please contact our Philanthropy Manager on (02) 9436 0162 or email [email protected]