Sir James Dyson gives £35million to former school which allowed him to carry on studying for free after his father died
by: Hani Kamal El-Din
Billionaire inventor Sir James Dyson has donated £35 million to his former school, after they allowed him to keep studying for free following the death of his father.
The 76-year-old entrepreneur attended Gresham’s School in Holt, Norfolk, but tragedy struck when his father, Alec Dyson who was also a Classics teacher at the school died of cancer at the age of 43 in 1956.
His donation will fund a prep school with a new building incorporating STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths) facilities for pupils aged seven to 13.
Sir James said: ‘I’m forever grateful for the generosity Gresham’s showed me when my father – who was Head of Classics at the school – died when I was nine.
‘Logie Bruce-Lockhart, the Headmaster, allowed my brother and me to continue our studies with a bursary when it would otherwise have been impossible.
‘I’m so pleased to be able to support the school and to see it shaping incredible young people who go on and flourish.’
Sir James, who invented the revolutionary bagless vacuum cleaner, and his family were ranked as the fifth richest in the UK in this year’s Sunday Times Rich List with an estimated fortune of £23 billion.
He previously donated almost £19 million to Gresham’s for the Dyson STEAM building, which opened last year.