A widower who donated £2.3 million to a specialist NHS cancer hospital has been landed with a £460,000 VAT bill, he said today.
Entrepreneur Jimmy Thomas has called for a change in the law to ensure hospitals are exempt from the tax after he funded the refurbishment of the Ellis Ward at the Royal Marsden cancer centre, in Chelsea, west London.
The wealthy 78-year-old donated the cash in tribute to his wife Alma, who was treated at the hospital before she lost her fight with ovarian cancer in 2008.
How can this be allowed when it is potentially very useful for a useful organisation, whereas donations and dealings with the church are free from such taxes?
Just heard this on the radio and it's shocked me to the point where I feel I must share it! A first!