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Dying landlord’s staggering gift to hospital, tenants

Lucy Dean
·1-min read
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The man left a staggering amount behind. Image: Getty

A Victorian man has gifted the title deed of two homes to his long-term tenants and passed along another $17.5 million to the Royal Melbourne Hospital.

John Perrett gave the money to the hospital’s renal unit after it gave him a kidney 30 years ago, News Corp reported. He passed away in September from issues related to Parkinson’s disease.

Former tenant Jane Sayner described him as a “brilliant landlord” and the “best person around”.

She said he told her that she could stop paying the rent when he died after he moved into assisted living.

“It was pretty overwhelming, I told him that he had no idea that he’d just changed my life completely.”

Acts of kindness

A German town received a similar staggering donation after an elderly woman who died in late 2019 bequeathed her entire $10 million stock and property portfolio to the community.

The 81-year-old said the money needed to be spent on community infrastructure and facilities.

And earlier this month, a mystery shopper paid off $16,000 worth of gifts on lay-by at a toy shop on the Gold Coast.

The woman also gave gifts to staff at the store and walked around the store with one lucky customer as he selected toys, before paying for his entire selection.

Employee Maddie Gillespie said she had to console parents who were overcome by the generous act.

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