A prosthetic leg, a large raw fish and a live ferret are some of the weird donations received down the years by charities around the UK, sent to either their offices or charity shops, according to the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF).
CAF commissioned the research ahead of Giving Tuesday on 27 November. Giving Tuesday is the international day to do good for charity, with people across the globe encouraged to support a good cause in any way possible. Celebrities including Ricky Gervais, Emma Watson and Wayne Rooney have all publicly supported the campaign.
When asked to reveal the craziest items they’ve received as donations, CAF’s charity partners didn’t disappoint. Examples include:
- A large, raw fish in a plastic bag (Waging Peace)
- The funds raised from an eBay auction that featured Elton John’s black leather, knee high, signed platform boots (Amnesty International)
- A commemorative bottle of whisky to celebrate the royal wedding of Charles and Diana and £73 in old sixpences (Age UK)
- A huge pair of “doggie wheels” for disabled dogs (Birmingham Dogs Home)
- Dentures in a handbag and a live hedgehog – christened Harry – in a duffel bag (Salvation Army)
- A stuffed tarantula in a cage and a voodoo kit containing real human hair (Mind)
- A rare book of 52 etchings by the Italian artist Piranesi, missing its front cover and in disrepair that eventually raised £30,000 when sold at auction in August this year (Oxfam)
Elsewhere, Marie Curie have been fortunate enough down the years to receive a second-hand toilet seat, half-eaten black forest gateau, false teeth, glass eyes and dog nappies, all to their charity shops.
Commenting on these findings, Ben Russell, director of communications at CAF said: “As unusual as these donations are, they show the many ways people can support the charities they care about. And they show how important charity shops are, helping to raise millions of pounds annually for the good causes they represent.
“Giving Tuesday on 27 November is the ideal moment to do something for a good cause. After the sales of Black Friday this is an ideal chance to give something back, whether it is giving something to a charity shop, organising a charity bake sale at work, pledging to volunteer or just helping out someone round the corner. There are countless ways to make a world of difference on 27 November.”