Jersey

David Kirch increases Jersey elderly voucher amount

David Kirch
Image caption Last year Sir David announced he would leave his £100m fortune to older people in Jersey

A Jersey businessman who gives older residents vouchers every Christmas is increasing the amount they are worth.

Sir David Kirch said he had decided to give out more to mark his knighthood, which he received in this year's Queen's Birthday Honours list.

The vouchers, which can be used at the Channel Islands Co-operative Society, are available to all islanders aged 70 or over.

This year they will be worth £110, rather than £100.

Earlier this year, Sir David was named as Britain's top philanthropist in the Sunday Times Giving List.

He began giving out the vouchers in 2005 after he celebrated his 70th birthday.

The multi-millionaire moved to the island in 1973 after a successful career in property.

Suffering from prostate cancer, he has also pledged his £100m fortune to older people on the island.

According to the last census, carried out in 2011, about 12% of the 88,000-strong population was aged over 70. The population has since risen to about 99,000.

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