Philanthropist Julia Rausing dies aged 63

19 Apr 2024 News

Hans and Julia Rausing

The Julia and Hans Rausing Trust

Tributes have been paid to Julia Rausing, after her family shared that she passed away yesterday morning. 
A statement issued on behalf of the Julia and Hans Rausing Trust and the Rausing and Delves Broughton families reads she died after an extended illness.
“Julia Rausing was a much-loved wife, stepmother, sister and daughter,” it reads.

“She passed away peacefully on the morning of 18 April 2024. She was 63 years old.

“Julia was widely known for her unwavering commitment to philanthropy and her impactful contributions to various charitable causes. 

“She co-founded the Julia and Hans Rausing Trust with her husband in 2014, a charitable fund supporting good causes in the UK and beyond.”

The statement adds: “She was instrumental in building the Trust into one of the largest philanthropic funds in the country donating to causes across health, welfare, and the arts. 

“Notable amongst her many achievements was the speed with which she responded to the challenge of the Covid-19 pandemic, masterminding an initiative to provide over £35m funding to help charities survive this turbulent time.

“She took a keen interest in all the Trust’s giving, no matter how large or small the grant.”
Her husband, Hans Rausing said: “We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of my beloved wife Julia after an extended illness.

“Julia dedicated her life to her family and charitable causes, and she will be missed by all that knew her. She leaves behind an extraordinary legacy across many charities which we will continue in her name.”

Julia Rausing is survived by her husband, four stepchildren, sister and mother.

Tributes have been made on social media, and the family have requested privacy.

The chief executive of British Red Cross, Beatrice Butsana-Sita, wrote on X: “Sending deepest condolences from all of us at British Red Cross.

“Julia and Hans did so much for the UK during Covid, something we will always remember.”

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