Sittingbourne’s Beloved Len Goodman Leaves Generous Donation to Demelza Hospice in Will

Sittingbourne’s Demelza Hospice Receives Generous Donation from Late Strictly Come Dancing Judge Len Goodman

The community of Sittingbourne is buzzing with excitement after it was announced that one of their own, the late Strictly Come Dancing judge Len Goodman, has left a generous donation to Demelza Hospice in his will.

Goodman, who was best known for his role as head judge on the popular BBC show, was a long-time supporter of Demelza and had even served as the face of the Goodman Celebration Tree. This initiative allowed supporters to purchase a copper leaf in memory of a loved one, with all proceeds going towards the hospice.

In addition to his role as an ambassador, Goodman had also appeared on various TV shows such as Tipping Point: Lucky Stars and The Weakest Link, winning money for Demelza and raising awareness for the cause. He had also lent his voice to the hospice’s Christmas campaign in 2019.

A spokesperson for Demelza shared, “Len was a beloved part of our family here at Demelza. Not only did he generously donate to our cause, but he also gave his time and energy to support our events and campaigns. We are forever grateful for his contributions.”

It has been reported that Goodman left £1,000 to the hospice in his will, along with the remainder of his £4.1 million fortune to his wife Sue Barrett and son James. His will, which was drawn up in 2020, requested that his estate be divided equally between his wife and son, with his home in Ightham and his jewelry being bequeathed to them respectively.

Goodman passed away in April 2020 after a battle with bone cancer. His son James, who followed in his father’s footsteps, is a Latin and ballroom dancer at Goodman Dance Academy in Dartford.

Len Goodman’s final appearance on Strictly was on the 2016 Christmas Day special, and he announced his retirement from TV six months before his passing. His legacy and generosity will continue to live on through his contributions to Demelza Hospice, a cause close to his heart.

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