BOSSES at Pontefract’s Prince of Wales Hospice have paid tribute to the care centre’s patron Eva Rausing, who was found dead at her London home last week.
They said Mrs Rausing, wife of billionaire Tetra Pak heir Hans Rausing, had been a “generous and committed patron” of the hospice since 2002.
Her death is currently under investigation.
David Stewart, hospice chief executive, said Mrs Rausing “contributed greatly” to the hospice’s work which she learned about while attending an annual polo match held on the hospice’s behalf at Cirencester Park Polo Club.
The couple’s charity – the Eva and Hans K Rausing Trust – also funded the Halfpenny Lane centre’s new day therapy suite which opened in January.
Mr Stewart added: “We were very sorry to learn from media reports about the death of Eva Rausing and offer our sincerest condolences to her family and friends.
“Eva Rausing was a committed and generous patron of the Prince of Wales Hospice for many years, and contributed greatly to our work in providing expert end-of-life care to the people of east Wakefield.
“We are particularly grateful to the Eva and Hans K Rausing Trust for its generosity in recent years.
“She will be greatly missed, and our thoughts and prayers are with her family at this difficult time.”
American-born Mrs Rausing, the daughter of Pepsi Cola executive and property developer Tom Kemeny, was found dead an address in Cadogan Place, Belgravia, on Tuesday July 10.
She and her husband are said to have donated millions of pounds to charities over a number of years, including the Prince’s Trust.
Mrs Rausing, 48, met Prince Charles at various fundraising events and spent time with him at the hospice during his visit in 2004.
Her name is displayed on the plaque in the new day care centre which has enabled dozens of terminally ill patients to spend more time at the hospice.