A popular man in politics, the church and community has left much of his £1.5m fortune to Chronicle Country causes.
The late Peter Vickers, who passed away in August last year aged 66, has given a six-figure sum to St Andrew’s Church in Biggleswade and a further £10,000 to Biggleswade Conservative Club.
Peter, a former mayor, Biggleswade town and Central Beds Councillor, stunned members of St Andrew’s Church.
They have now put the sum of several hundred thousand pounds in a trust fund, which can be used for church causes.
The Reverend Guy Scott, vicar of the Parish of St Andrew’s, said: “Peter was a very generous man during his life and he has been very generous in his will too.
“We were surprised at the sum but we were not surprised at the generosity shown.”
Peter – who passed away at Lister Hospital in Stevenage following a battle with cancer – spent much of his life in politics and volunteering, and was an active member of the church.
Mr Scott added: “Peter would come to every Sunday morning service at the church and he was often seen at Evensong as well.
“We have put the money in a trust fund so it can be used for good causes and future projects.
“So far we have been able to use it for our north doors project and there will be others too.”
Other causes could include the St Andrew’s Church bells restoration project.