Heath bequest to new foundation

Anita Pati

Former Tory Prime Minister Sir Edward Heath left more than £5m in his will to set up a charity dedicated to celebrating his legacy.

The chief aim of the Sir Edward Heath Charitable Foundation, established last Friday, is to conserve Arundells, his home in Salisbury, and commit it to the advancement of education and music through the preservation of manuscripts, sound recordings and furniture.

Four trustees will decide how to allocate the funds, which can go towards scholarships, grants and awards to encourage research into the arts and education.

The will stipulated that the £5.3m could also be left to "such other purposes that are exclusively charitable". However, James Elder, Sir Edward's former private secretary, said he thought it unlikely any money would go to external charities.

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