Leave a gift in your Will

The Vision Foundation was thrilled when we received a long-lost legacy from a very special supporter…

 

A photo of a painting - Preparing the Celebration of the Wine Harvest, by Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller
Preparing the Celebration of the Wine Harvest, by Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller

In 1938, the Nazis seized precious artwork belonging to Irma and Oscar Lowenstein from their home in Vienna.

After fleeing Austria, they settled in the UK, where Irma lived until 1976. Despite many attempts, she was never able to reclaim her paintings, but still included them in her Will to be left to the Vision Foundation, should they ever be recovered.

In 2020, the Vision Foundation was able to track down the three beautiful pieces, which are expected to be sold for around £350,000 – a remarkable legacy to celebrate Irma’s life.

As a former lawyer, I would always recommend to my clients that they should consider leaving part of their estate to Charity, and the Vision Foundation is a fantastic choice if you are looking to leave a legacy. I know Irma would have been delighted that her wonderful pictures will be supporting blind and partially sighted people for many years to come.

David Mills, friend and tenant of Irma, who first introduced her to the Vision Foundation.

Legacies are crucially important to the Vision Foundation

Not all legacies will be as large or complex as Irma’s, but all of them are gratefully received. Gifts in Wills are special as they show a desire to keep supporting blind and partially sighted people for years to come.

For more information on leaving a gift in your Will to the Vision Foundation, please click here.