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 legacies 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?
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