A gift to future students

The Choir, King's College LondonThe Choir, King’s College London (photograph by Kaupo Kikkas)

Legacies Officer Andreas Avraam explains how one woman’s legacy gift is having a direct impact on the lives of students today.

Dr Helen Hudson FKC (1919-2006) was much beloved here at King’s. She worked tirelessly to promote education for women and support students for over 20 years, first as Tutor for Women Students and then as Dean of Students.

Helen HudsonHelen Hudson (image courtesy of King’s College London Archives)

Helen was passionate about King’s, our students, the chapel and music, and she decided to leave a gift in her will to support students at the university. Today her bequest funds two King’s Choral & Organ Scholarships each year.

Madeleine is a recipient of the Helen Hudson Scholarship who shares Helen’s love of choral music. She says her best moments at King’s have been with the Chapel Choir, which has taken her on two incredible tours to Northern America and Nigeria.

'I am so grateful that people like Helen exist who give support to young people.'
Madeleine Alabaster, scholarship recipient

The Helen Hudson Scholarship has given Madeleine the financial freedom to be able to pursue her passion:

‘Receiving the scholarship has enabled me to take time to deepen my love for choral singing and my musical skills. Without the scholarship, I would have had to prioritise working to earn the money I needed for university and put aside my real passion.’

I asked Madeleine what Helen’s generosity means to her:

‘Music has enriched my life in more ways than imaginable and it breaks my heart to see it being cut from schools. I am so grateful that people like Helen exist who give support to young people, and even more grateful that I have been the recipient of her generosity.’

Your legacy makes a difference

Legacies are an important source of funding for King’s and have a big impact on the work we do. In the last five years over £5,000,000 from gifts in wills has helped to support incredible students and world leading research.

Currently only nine percent of people think about leaving a gift to a non-profit organisation like King’s in their will, often because they don’t know that they can. But legacy giving is the fastest growing income source for charities, providing vital resources that help us make a difference. A gift of one percent from your estate could have life changing results for students like Madeline, supporting them during their studies and enabling them to go on to achieve great things in their own right.

If you are interested in supporting students through a legacy gift to King’s, or simply finding out more about legacy giving, you can email Andreas and the team on legacy-info@kcl.ac.uk or call 020 7848 3053. Find out more.