Charity Noah’s Ark has praised the “invaluable contribution” it received from legend Irvine Sellar right up until his shock passing last weekend.

Noahs Ark Childrens Hospice detail

In a final act of support, Sellar teamed up with Pears Property’s Jonathan Rose and JLL’s Ian Greenhalgh to set sail on construction of a new Noah’s Ark hospice in Barnet.

Children in central and north London currently have no hospice, and with the NHS no longer funding such facilities, young people in the area faced an ongoing shortage before Sellar’s intervention.

The trio’s £1m-worth of pro-bono support was the latest example of Sellar leveraging his supply chain to “go to bat for the charity”, which hopes to complete the construction with support from family and former colleagues of Sellar.

Rose praised Sellar’s “outstanding commitment” and said: “From the many bricks laid in the course of a long career, this building will be among those we are most proud of.”

Noah’s Ark is now calling on the rest of the sector to follow two by two and complete the work that Sellar only last week said he was “hugely looking forward to seeing come to fruition”.

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