Taxi driver’s 250,000 tip of a lifetime

taxicabA Cornish taxi driver has received the tip of a lifetime - a 250,000 bequest from a grateful customer.

Mary Watson left her entire estate to cabbie Don Pratt and his wife Gill who ferried her around Newquay for 20 years, reports the BBC.

She died, aged 86, last December, leaving the couple her estate, which included a small house and savings, worth 250,000.

Mr Pratt, 65, said: “I always try to help old people because one day you will be needing that help yourself.”

Mrs Watson moved to Northampton 10 years ago, but Mr and Mrs Pratt kept in touch with her until about two years before she died.

“She was a feisty lady, she did not take any nonsense from people. I liked her. She was a lovely lady,” he said.

“Her solicitor called to tell us she had remembered us in her will. I couldn’t believe it when we found out she had left us everything.”

“I’m not sure how her family feel about it, but the solicitor was clear that she wanted me to have what she left.”

Mr Pratt has now sold his taxi firm to a friend and is looking forward to a relaxing retirement.

“We worked days and nights. Now we can go travelling and all the other things we have not been able to do,” he said.

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