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Unusual legacies at Oxfam

Unusual legacies at Oxfam

Having just featured the story about the bet from beyond the grave that could net Oxfam £300,000 or more, I thought I’d share a few of the more unusual that Oxfam has received.

Each year the charity receives about 600 legacies, worth around £10-11 million per year. But some of these are rather unusual. They include:

* A pair of gold teeth and a dentist’s chair from a former dentist;

* The royalties from a number of books and plays, including Doctor Finlay’s Casebook, which was on TV from 1962 to 1971;

* A letter written by Florence Nightingale, which was sold for several hundred pounds at auction;

* Some racing greyhounds;

According to Oxfam, “the most expensive shares left to us was a holding of shares in the original Woolwich Arsenal Football Club. The shares had been overlooked in 1920 and were traced through four subsequent estates. Each share was worth £6,965 when finally sold in 2009”.

What is the most unusual legacy that your charity has received?

Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world's first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp.

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