From left, League of Friends chairman Penny Hipkin, Caroline Harper, John Lake, Margaret Mounsey and Carol Crake.

Patients across West Norfolk will benefit from the legacy of a retired lorry driver who has left more than £60,000 to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

Thornham man Kenny Lake, who died last August aged 94, left a generous bequest from his estate to the hospital.

His brother John Lake and niece Caroline Harper presented £60,190 to The King’s Lynn Hospitals’ League of Friends last Thursday.

Friends chairman Penny Hipkin, Margaret Mounsey and Carole Crake received the cheque.

Mrs Harper said: “Kenny was a kind and generous man who was a great supporter of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.”

The late Kenny Lake.

Chairman Mrs Hipkin said: “This is an incredibly generous bequest from Mr Lake and it will make a huge difference to the patients and staff. Thanks to this donation, we will be able to offer greater support to the trust.”

In April, the family presented £12,000 to the QEH.

That legacy from Mr Lake saw three cheques presented – £1,000 to Rudham ward, £1,000 to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and £10,000 to the hospital’s Macmillan Centre. Mr Lake wanted to give something back to the Gayton Road hospital, which held a special place in his heart. 

Three members of his family had been treated at the Macmillan centre.

Joan, his late wife, his sister Audrey Oldfield and Mrs Harper were treated at the centre and Mr Lake was also treated for bowel cancer at the hospital.