Pears Foundation are delighted to announce a £5 million grant towards construction of a new building at the University of Glasgow to house the Institute of Health and Wellbeing. The building, which is expected to cost in excess of £40 million, will be named after Clarice Pears (pictured below), Mark, Trevor and David’s mother, who was born and raised in Glasgow.
The Clarice Pears Building will help researchers tackle health inequalities by enhancing research collaborations across the Institute and its partners, and supporting engagement at a local, national and global level.
Sir Trevor Pears said: “It is a privilege to name this fantastic building after our mother, who was immensely proud of her Scottish roots.
“There is a lot of resonance between the work of the University of Glasgow’s Institute of Health and Wellbeing and our philanthropic goals; the research done there is very much applied and practical and we hope it goes from strength to strength.”
Clarice Pears was born in 1933 and lived in a tenement flat in Lochside Street, Shawlands. Her parents were Abraham and Hannah Castle, and her father worked in an electrical retail shop.
The Clarice Pears building is part of the University £1 billion campus development programme and will be located on the site of the former Western Infirmary.
You can read more about the grant on the University of Glasgow’s website here.