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Paul O Grady leaves £500,000 to Battersea

Issue: 22/03/2024

Paul O’Grady has left half a million pounds to Battersea Dogs and Cats Home.
The TV presenter and comedian who died last year was an ambassador for the charity and presented the much-loved ITV programme For the Love of Dogs about the home.
After getting involved with Battersea he took part in the Pedigree Feeding Brighter Futures campaign, which aimed to give a million meals to rescue dogs nationwide.
After O’Grady’s death, the animal charity also set up a ‘tribute fund’ in his honour which has raised over £480,000.
Now, a year on, it’s been revealed that the star left £500,000 to the animal rescue charity. 
He has also set aside £125,000 for the care of his own dogs, Nancy, Arfur, Conchita, Eddie, and Sausage, who will be looked after by his agent Joan.
A friend told The Sun, ‘This is typical of Paul as he put his money where his mouth was by leaving cash to charities that had special meaning to him.
‘And though £125,000 seems like a lot of money to spend on his dogs, they also meant the world to him and he wanted to ensure they always receive the best love and care.’
The bulk of O’Grady’s estate is expected to go to his widower, Andre Portasio, his daughter Sharon Mousley and his sister Sheila Rudd.
Battersea Dogs Home’s chief executive, Peter Laurie, said that the charity “will forever be indebted to Paul for all that he did.”
Alison Hammond will take over as the host of For the Love of Dogs and she said, ‘I am very aware that I can never replace the iconic Paul in this wonderful series, but if I can continue to shine a light on the brilliant work done at Battersea and help to tell the stories of these beautiful dogs, then it will be an absolute privilege to give it my all.’

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