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Gifts in Wills are one of the largest single sources of funding for Cancer Council WA.

Any gift - large or small - plays a critical role in helping to beat cancer.

Cottage Hospice to dedicated palliative care support and training for health professionals

In the 1980's Cancer Council WA established a purpose-built in-patient care facility in Perth - a first of its kind in the Southern hemisphere. The Cottage Hospice was recognised for its dedicated care for people with a terminal illness and the support of their family.

In line with a government strategy for palliative care services to be provided throughout the metropolitan area, the Cottage Hospice was closed in 2004. Now known as Milroy Lodge the site has been converted to provide Cancer Council WA accommodation for patients from the country who have to stay in Perth whilst receiving cancer treatment.

We recently recieved a bequest from Kenneth that specified that his gift be directed to the Cottage Hospice. Knowing that it no longer existed in its original form we worked with the executor to ensure that Kenneth's gift be used in the way he wished, helping those who are irrecoverably ill. Kenneth's gift has been directed to palliative care but in the form of support services to people who are terminally ill and their families, as well as providing specialist training for health professionals. Kenneth's gift is allowing us to plan our services for the future and ensure we are there to support peole affected by cancer and their families during this difficult time.

Edie Hoy Poy

Edie Hoy Poy

Edie Hoy Poy was affectionately known as the ‘Mother' of the Chung Wah Chinese Association for her decades of service to the organisation.

She amassed an impressive list of accolades for her tireless work in the community, including an Order of Australia in 1988 and being named as an ambassador for the United Nations Year of the Older Person in 1999.

Even after her passing, Edie has continued to help others, with the majority of her estate willed to charity.

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For more information about including a gift in your Will to Cancer Council WA or to share your story, please contact our Donor Relations and Estates team on (08) 9212 4391 or email