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£1.3m left to Edinburgh church and charities

A church in Edinburgh has benefited from a �300,000 donation from a church elder, who passed away in February. Picture: TSPL

A church in Edinburgh has benefited from a �300,000 donation from a church elder, who passed away in February. Picture: TSPL

AN Edinburgh church elder has stunned members of his parish by leaving a £1.3 million fortune to his church and other good causes.

Alastair Graham gifted £300,000 to Edinburgh’s Morningside Parish Church where he had served as an elder.

Mr Graham, from Edinburgh, died in February this year at the age of 94 after spending years building up his own accountancy firm.

But details have now emerged of the £1,274,000 fortune he amassed.

Mr Graham left instructions for the charity Capability Scotland to receive £600,000.

He also gifted £300,000 to the Dog Aid Society of Scotland.

Mr Graham asked that his gift for Morningside should be used to help maintain the church and fund repair works.

Reverend Dr Derek Browning of Morningside Parish Church said: “As a rule we do not make comment on private donations.

“But we are grateful for this generous donation.”

A church member said: “This is a wonderful gesture by Alastair and will be long remembered.

Capability Scotland Chief Executive, Dana O’Dwyer, said: “It was wonderful to find out that Capability Scotland has been left such a significant sum ofmoney.

“Gifts such as this really do make an impact on what we can achieve through our work supporting disabled people in Scotland”.

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