Giving back to the community: Sheila Woodcock

Date published

22 Apr 2020

Sheila Woodcock, born near Newcastle NSW in 1931, was many things. She was known by friends and family as an avid horticulturalist, actress, traveller, chocolate appreciator, fruit cake devotee, raconteur, vocalist, cat whisperer, opera lover, friend and aunt. Sheila was also an immensely generous individual, with a great love of community.

Sheila passed away in May 2018 at the age of 87, leaving an incredible legacy of $14 million for a total of 15 community organisations and charities. The Royal Flying Doctor Service is honoured to have been the benefactor of one of these gifts, receiving 10% of her estate for the purchase of new Royal Flying Doctor Service equipment and services.

In late February, representatives from the fifteen organisations, including the Royal Flying Doctor Service, gathered in Broadmeadow to remember her life. Miss Woodcock was a dedicated Flying Doctor supporter throughout her lifetime, donating since 1999. Her generosity and support is greatly appreciated and this gift will make a difference for generations to come.

Relative, Kent Woodcock, said “Sheila was a woman with unshakeable conviction, great determination, drive, integrity and love for her community. She had good business acumen, astutely managed her business affairs and invested wisely. She chose to share her fortune with organisations that were doing good work for others.”

“Even during her last years, Sheila gained great enjoyment knowing she was able to support various causes. Now resting, Sheila will be satisfied in the knowledge her life’s achievements will continue to benefit the community,” Mr Woodcock said.

Gifts in Wills are a wonderful way that you can support the Royal Flying Doctor Service (South Eastern Section), and if you would like more information on how you can leave a gift in your will, please contact our Supporter Relations Team on (02) 9941 8888 or 1300 669 569, or email