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Fisherman's Friend tycoon leaves £41m to hometown Fleetwood

A coastal town has received a £41m donation from a woman who was involved in the success of Fisherman's Friend cough sweets.

Businesswoman Doreen Lofthouse, who died in March aged 91, has left her fortune to a charity that aims to develop her Fleetwood hometown.

Since the 1990s, Mrs Lofthouse and her family have given millions of pounds to community projects in Lancashire.

Fleetwood Town Council described the donation as "unbelievable".

A total of £41.4m was bequeathed to the Lofthouse Foundation, which was set up by Mrs Lofthouse and her family in 1994 to revitalise the town.

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