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Wealthy Fisherman’s Friend businesswoman (91) leaves fortune behind for British town after death | Economy

41 million poundsA wealthy British businesswoman left a fortune to her hometown of Fleetwood in England after her death at the beginning of this year. The 91-year-old Doreen Lofthouse, mastermind behind the famous Fisherman’s Friendcough sweets, left an amount of more than forty million pounds (more than 47 million euros) in her will to the British coastal town.




Fisherman’s Friend has been a family business since 1865 and was long owned by Doreen Lofthouse. She turned the company into a true global player and built a huge fortune in the process. Rather than make it all up herself, the British businesswoman gave away millions to charities and community projects in Fleetwood, earning her the nickname “Fleetwood’s Mother.”

The small coastal town in the northwest of England meant a lot to Lofthouse, as is apparent from her will. Without telling anyone, the benefactor left behind a huge fortune, some 41 million pounds. The gigantic amount is in the account of a charity. This was founded in 1994 with the aim of refurbishing Fleetwood and putting it on the map.

The city council spoke to the BBC of an “incredible donation” and said it was “overwhelmed by the generosity”. “Lofthouse was a beautiful woman,” chairman Mary Stirzaker told the British broadcaster. She was always proud of the city she came from. Her legacy will live on in Fleetwood forever.” Stirzaker wants to realize various projects together with the foundation that ‘will benefit the city in the coming years’. “We have to keep Fleetwood on the map. I hope this attracts more visitors to our city.”

Lofthouse, who left school without a diploma, is immensely popular in her hometown. After her death, several residents called for a statue of her to be erected in the center.


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