• Austria edition
 
Austrian 'angel' donates €2.2m to English hospice
Photo: South Bucks Hospice

Austrian 'angel' donates €2.2m to English hospice

Published: 03 Jun 2014 18:07 GMT+02:00
Updated: 03 Jun 2014 18:07 GMT+02:00

The hospice, which looks after terminally ill patients, also provides services to sufferers of other incurable illnesses, lymphoedema and those with chronic illnesses.

It recently disclosed that it had received a donation of €2.2 million from a woman called "Sylvia", who was originally from Austria.  She provided only her first name, and a photograph of herself as a little girl.

According to the Austrian daily Heute, a spokesman for the hospice said that "at first, there was no information about the benefactor.  Then we got the name 'Sylvia', and later there appeared a picture of a little girl."

Finally, some five months after the donation was first made public, we learned more about the story behind the donation.  Apparently, 'Sylvia' came from Austria long ago with her family to settle in High Wycombe. Her mother suffered from a long illness before she died.  Sylvia thought it was important that people like her mother could receive end-of-life care in the area, and thus the donation will fund a new clinic.

Staff reporter (news@thelocal.com)

Don't miss...X
Left Right

Your comments about this article

Today's headlines
Austrian Turks vote for Turkey's president
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Photo: Oliver Berg/dpa

Austrian Turks vote for Turkey's president

Turks living in Austria are seizing the chance to vote from abroad for the first time Turkey's first directly-elected president. READ  

Apartment used to grow 240 cannabis plants
Photo: APA (epa)

Apartment used to grow 240 cannabis plants

Police in the district of Braunau near Innviertel in Upper Austria discovered an indoor cannabis plantation with around 240 plants. READ  

Asylum seeker dies from meningitis
A view of the Traiskirchen reception centre. Photo: APA/HANS KLAUS TECHT

Asylum seeker dies from meningitis

An asylum seeker who was housed in the Traiskirchen reception centre in Lower Austria has died of infectious meningitis. READ  

The Local List
The best words in Austrian German
Which one is the Austrian word for tomato? Photo: APA/dpa

The best words in Austrian German

If you’ve lived in Germany, or you learnt Hochdeutsch at school, you may be surprised by some of the language differences between Austria and parts of Germany. READ  

Austrian of the week
Happy birthday, Arnie
Arnold Schwarzenegger. Photo: Gage Skidmore/Wikimedia

Happy birthday, Arnie

A group of Austrian 'super fans' and friends of the Austrian Oak gathered in the museum dedicated to his life and career on Wednesday, to celebrate the birthday of Austria's most famous export, Arnold Schwarzenegger. READ  

Fischer signs Hypo law
Austrian president Heinz Fischer. Photo: APA/HERBERT NEUBAUER

Fischer signs Hypo law

President Heinz Fischer has signed the law that wipes out Hypo Alpe Adria creditors despite guarantees from the nationalised bank's home province of Carinthia of €890 million "after an intensive examination", he said. READ  

Austria's AMIC buys petrol stations in Ukraine
Photo: Lukoil Press

Austria's AMIC buys petrol stations in Ukraine

Lukoil, Russia's second-largest oil company, announced that it will sell 100 percent of its Lukoil-Ukraine CFI operations to Austria's AMIC Energy Management GmbH, after a blockade and threats by Ukrainian nationalists made the business no longer viable. READ  

Seven convicted of incitement against Roma
The Roma community had been given a camping place near Bischofshofen. File photo: APA

Seven convicted of incitement against Roma

Seven men have received probationary sentences of between three and four months, after making abusive comments on Facebook and calling for a “final solution” for a Roma community in Bischofshofen, Salzburg. READ  

Vienna is 'the capital of spies'
Emil Bobi. Photo: Ecowin publishers

Vienna is 'the capital of spies'

More than 7,000 secret agents and spies are currently working in Vienna, more than in any other city, according to a new book by Austrian investigative journalist Emil Bobi. READ  

500 policemen involved in eviction of squatters
Johanna Mikl-Leitner. Photo: APA (Archiv/Fohringer)

500 policemen involved in eviction of squatters

Interior Minister Johanna Mikl-Leitner (ÖVP) says that there were only 500 policemen directly involved in the eviction of the squatters from the house in the Mühlfeldgasse in Vienna's 2nd district on Monday. READ  

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
Culture
Learn the lingo and take note of our top Austrian German words
National
Why Vienna is the capital of choice for spies
Society
Happy birthday, Arnie
Gallery
Pizzeria anarchists block traffic in street march
International
Centenary of Austria's declaration of war on Serbia
National
Eight cheap things to do in Vienna this summer
Features
'I came for a boy and stayed for the lifestyle'
Society
The Local's carnivore goes vegan
Gallery
The pop-up forest restaurant in Austria's most beautiful locations
Tech
Could robots end up doing more than half of the jobs in Austria?
Travel
Plans unveiled for bike trail along former Iron Curtain
International
Search on for Austrian WWI memorabilia
Politics
The former finance minister embroiled in a corruption scandal
Society
The best part of living abroad: 'Breaking down barriers'
Gallery
Vienna's Ukrainian community gathers to mourn crash victims
Culture
An American falls in love with Vienna's gelateria
National
The Ukrainians who protest every month outside the OSCE head office
Travel & Tourism
Where is the world's best wine list?
Travel & Tourism
Treat yourself to an Austrian spa experience
Travel & Tourism
Austrians love to get nude on the beach
Gallery
The week in pictures: July 6th - 12th
International
Pez sends supply of sweets to Norwegian boy with autism
Society
Is the free tabloid press killing quality journalism?
Latest news from The Local in Switzerland

More news from Switzerland at thelocal.ch

Latest news from The Local in Germany

More news from Germany at thelocal.de

Latest news from The Local in Denmark

More news from Denmark at thelocal.dk

Latest news from The Local in Spain

More news from Spain at thelocal.es

Latest news from The Local in France

More news from France at thelocal.fr

Latest news from The Local in Italy

More news from Italy at thelocal.it

Latest news from The Local in Norway

More news from Norway at thelocal.no

Latest news from The Local in Sweden

More news from Sweden at thelocal.se

266
jobs available