Cornish charity Cornwall Hospice Care is launching its annual Make a Will Week (15th to 19th May) with the help of the Teagle family of Blackwater. Dinah Teagle was a founding volunteer member of the charity’s St Agnes Support Group and left a gift in her Will to help Cornwall Hospice Care continue its caring work with patients and their families.

“Dinah was always busy” explains her devoted widower Fred, “she was a Mum and wife and very involved in the family business.” Sitting in the conference centre at Teagle Machinery, Fred and his youngest son Colin are reminiscing. “Mum looked after us really well” explains Colin. “She was caring, she worried about everyone else and loved to help those less fortunate than herself.”

Fred and his brothers run the family business, producing farm machinery for customers across the world. Today their sons oversee the firm that employs around 150 people and exports to more than 40 countries.

Semi-retired now, Fred is full of admiration for his late wife who was also volunteer Treasurer of our St Agnes Support Group, “Dinah was a founding member and for 25 years worked extremely hard as a fundraiser so it wasn’t a surprise when she left some money in her Will to help ensure the comfort of patients. A legacy is about making a difference and it certainly will for Cornwall Hospice Care as the NHS contribution is so small. It’s a great comfort to the family that Dinah left this gift, doing something positive for a Cornish charity that she loved.”

Colin, who says he has happy memories of his Mum dressed up for local carnivals as part of the Cornwall Hospice Care fundraising group, says everyone should have a Will, “It’s so important for the person and for those who are left behind and it provides an opportunity to remember family, friends and good causes. Mum would want Cornwall Hospice Care to carry on and flourish and this is her way of contributing to the charity’s future.”

“Legacies are vital to us” explains Debbie Henshaw who is the Legacy, Trust and Grants Officer for Cornwall Hospice Care. “They fund nearly 5 months of care a year for the in and out patients supported through Mount Edgcumbe and St Julia’s hospices. For us it’s important that after people have remembered their family and friends they perhaps consider leaving a gift for a charity such as ours. Make A Will Week (15th to 19th May) gives you an opportunity to work with a number of local solicitors who have kindly given their time to support our initiative. In return for helping with your Wills the Solicitor will ask for a donation for Cornwall Hospice Care of not less than £100 for a single Will, £150 for mirror Wills and £55 for a Codicil.”

Notes to editors:

  • A short film made with Fred and Colin Teagle is available via our YouTube channel.
  • A list of participating solicitors is attached with this news release.
  • The attached pictures include; Fred and Colin Teagle, a portrait photograph of the late Dinah Teagle and another photo of her supporting the St Agnes Carnival with fellow volunteer members of the Cornwall Hospice Care St Agnes Support Group.

Cornwall Hospice Care contact:

For more information please contact Tamsin Thomas on 01726 65711 (ext. 254) or 07970 232505 or email

About Cornwall Hospice Care:

Cornwall Hospice Care is a Cornish charity that provides specialist care for adults with a terminal illness and their families. It runs two hospices, Mount Edgcumbe in St Austell and    St Julia’s in Hayle, a 24 hour advice line for other healthcare professionals and provides Consultant support and training in the acute hospital and in other care settings.

It costs over £5 million to provide the specialist care to in and out patients. Only 20% of this is funded through a contribution from Cornwall’s NHS Commissioners. The other £4million is raised via the support of people in Cornwall who leave the charity legacies, support fundraising events, play the charity’s lottery and visit its 32 shops.

Charity number: 1113140