Retired company CEO donates millions from lottery winnings to cancer charity
02 February, 2015
In May of this year, Crist was playing golf with friends when his phone rang with unexpected news. After playing the lottery, he learned that he’d won a massive jackpot of $40 million (£24.5 million) and was so shocked, he didn’t even tell his children.
Seven months on and Crist has gone public about his winnings and his noble intentions for the fund. Speaking to American news network CNN, Crist said:
“I’ve been fortunate enough, through my career, 44 years with a company. I did very well for myself. I’ve done enough that I can look after myself, for my kids, so that can get looked after into the future. I don’t really need that money.”
The first charity Crist will donate to will be the Tom Baker centre who contributed towards his wife’s treatment. Speaking of his wife, Crist said his wife would be overjoyed by his donations, adding:
“She was fairly young and stuff. She beat it for six years before it finally caught up to her.”
The rest of the money will be entrusted in a trust fund which will send out money to various charities over a number of years. Hopefully this windfall should go some way to improving cancer treatments around the world.
Cancer waiting list lead to resignation
It’s not all good news, as further issues have arisen surrounding waiting lists for cancer patients in the UK. Chief executive of Colchester Hospital, Dr. Gordon Coutts, has announced his resignation following a period of sick leave, according to the BBC.
It was revealed earlier in the year that concerns were mounting about waiting time manipulation was leading to the lowered chance of survival for cancer patients and has led to three inquiries about the hospital.
The Care Quality Commission has said that staff felt “pressured or bullied” to alter records in order to meet government standards and targets. The irregularities became known to Coutts more than two years ago when a letter of complaint was sent by a patient, to which Coutts replied: “if you would like to provide me with any names or evidence of waiting list irregularities I will investigate this matter.”
Coutts, speaking to the press, said of his resignation: “I realise that this is an extremely difficult time for the trust as it seeks to understand where it has failed patients in the past and seeks to rebuild confidence.
“Underpinning this will be the needs to lead and support staff to deliver high quality and safe services. I regret that there have been problems in the trust’s cancer services. I am sorry that some of our patients were let down and that what has happened may have damaged local people’s confidence in their hospitals.”
Unison’s regional organiser, Tim Roberts, added: “Mr Coutts should have resigned weeks ago. He as the leader of the organisation and was ultimately accountable for patient safety. We hope the trust board will move quickly to recruit a new permanent chief executive who can lead the organisation out of the mess.”