Wealthy parishioner's £2m gift funds St Davids diocese

Hazel Jones-Olszewski Hazel Jones-Olszewski's gave the diocese a once in a lifetime gift, it said

A £2.6m gift left to the Church in Wales by a wealthy parishioner will see her legacy shared between youth projects and training clergy.

Hazel Jones-Olszewski, 84, of Saron, Amman Valley, died in January 2013 and bequeathed her money to St Davids Diocese.

The diocese allocated £1.5m to parish reserves and £1m to the ministry of children.

It has also put £150,000 towards training clergy and lay ministers.

Spokesman David Hammond Williams said the church was "very grateful" for the donation and it has been described as a "once in a lifetime" opportunity for the diocese.

Mrs Jones-Olszewski left Saron in 1991 to live with her son, Stansfield, in Chelsea before moving to a care home in Kensington in 2009.

She died four days before her 85th birthday and is buried in Gunnersbury Cemetery, west London.

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