Enda Neill’s Liverpool legacy gift to support leukaemia research

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In January this year, the University of Liverpool’s School of Medicine was heartened and honoured to receive a legacy gifted by the late Enda Mary Neill in loving memory of her younger brother Tony Neill, who was a lecturer in Psychology at the University of Liverpool . The gift was to be used to support leukaemia research, and intended for the Dean of the School of Medicine, Professor Hazel Scott, to use at her ‘absolute discretion and direction’.

Professor Scott and colleagues concurred it would be most fitting to direct Miss Neill’s gift to The Bloom Appeal, a charity which the University works closely with.

Established in 2014 by healthcare professionals, scientists, patients and carers, The Bloom Appeal aims to make a difference for blood cancer patients in the Merseyside and surrounding areas through treatment and care, and investment in facilities and research.


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Miss Neill’s legacy will go on to help fund a three-year, blood cancer research PhD studentship within the haemato-oncology department at the University, supported by The Bloom Appeal and North West Cancer Research.

Professor Hazel Scott, Dean of the School of Medicine, said: "It is a privilege to have received this gift and we are pleased to direct it towards such a commendable cause. We feel The Bloom Appeal’s project is the most appropriate way to honour the last wishes of the late Miss Enda Neill.

Through supporting the charity’s innovative research and a PhD studentship at the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, her generosity will leave a lasting legacy on the University and the people of Merseyside."

The Bloom Appeal’s Chair of Trustees, Elkan Abrahamson, said: "Everybody at The Bloom Appeal is absolutely delighted that the University of Liverpool have given this sizeable legacy to us. We are sure that it will go to very good use in the University’s own department of haemato-oncology, pioneering new treatments for those suffering from blood cancer."



Legacy gifts come in all different shapes and sizes, each gift is celebrated and valued as these gifts have an amazing impact at the University of Liverpool, and can even be used to help our local charity partners.  If you would like to find out more about legacy giving, visit the legacies page or email Carolyn Jones, Legacy Officer at carolyn.jones@liverpool.ac.uk