On March 14, Stephen Hawking died peacefully in his home in Cambridge at the age of 76. An extraordinary man, he was as well-known for his wit and humor as he was for his groundbreaking scientific theories. He was also an incredibly kind man, whose foundation funded research for motor neuron disease, and who, as a longtime contributor to SOS Children’s Villages, benefited kids living in poverty all over the world. And who could forget all the hilarious skits that he did for Comic Relief?
So it’s fitting that his final gift was one that helped those most in need.
Last weekend, the acclaimed physicist was laid to rest at a funeral service in Cambridge. But rather than splash out on a lavish reception, the Hawking family made a donation to a local charity, which was then used for a special Easter lunch that fed 50 people who were going through rough financial times.
An extra special and emotional Easter lunch at Foodcycle Cambridge today. For Stephen Hawking’s funeral, his family made a generous donation and told us lunch was “on Stephen” @FoodCycleCamb pic.twitter.com/m1eU2yNKl4
— Caroline Lenoury (@LenouryCaroline) March 31, 2018
The family described the act of generosity as “a gift from Stephen.”
“They wanted to do something to support people going through a tough time,”Alex Collis, a member of the charity, told the BBC. “It was a really lovely gesture…. and very kind of them to think of FoodCycle.”
— Alex Collis (@AlexCollisCam) March 31, 2018
The lunch, which included gifts for its 50 guests, was a fitting way to commemorate a great man.
We’re so grateful to the Hawking family for their generous donation so we could give our guests an extra special #Easter meal yesterday. We had a little cheer in honour of #StephenHawking before tucking in. #Cambridge #community #lovefoodhatewaste #alltogether pic.twitter.com/ali61X06iE
— FoodCycle Cambridge (@FoodCycleCamb) April 1, 2018
Needless to say, the small, sweet gesture was well-received on social media, where users wrote that it “moved them to tears.”
Moved to tears by this generosity from the family of #StephenHawking – to think of others at such a sad time is incredible. Our guests were v.happy to enjoy their lunch “on Stephen” #Cambridge #community https://t.co/MmPEM90oHT
— Vibhuti Patel (@VibhutiJPatel) April 1, 2018
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