Alexander McQueen bequeathes £100,000 to Terrence Higgins Trust
The late fashion designer Alexander McQueen has bestowed £100,000 of his fortune to gay men’s charity Terrence Higgins Trust. The donation is one of four £100,000 gifts he donated in his will, this week. Other organisations who also received the sum are: Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, the London Buddhist Centre and the Blue Cross animal welfare charity in Oxfordshire. Out of his estimated £16 million fortune, he also left £50,000 for each of his dogs, gave £50,000 to both of his two housekeepers and bequeathed £250,000 to each of his siblings.
The iconic fashion designer, who suffered long-term anxiety and depression, was found dead at his London home on 11 February 2010. Westminter’s Coroner’s Court ruled today that he had taken sleeping pills, tranquilizers and cocaine before strangling himself.
Sir Nick Partridge, Chief Executive of Terrence Higgins Trust, said: “Alexander McQueen was a friend of THT. He supported us for over 12 years, working alongside the charity to raise awareness of HIV as well as vital funds. We’re touched that he chose to leave this generous legacy, which will be used to support those living with and affected by HIV in the UK.”
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