Used pregnancy test and castration tool among ‘weird donations’ to charity shops

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False teeth, a used pregnancy test and a tool for chopping off testicles are just some of the baffling items donated by lockdown-crazed Brits to one of the nation's largest charity shop chains.

Children's charity Barnardo's revealed the bizarre list of objects brought into their 620 charity stores this year as they launched a fresh appeal for unwanted gifts ahead of Christmas Day.

The London-based organisation admitted that while they are "grateful" for all donations from well-meaning members of the public, some of the bric-a-brac "raised a few eyebrows" in the last 12 months.

One favourite of 'stunned' staff at St Andrew’s was a dead scorpion suspended in a jar of formaldehyde, which they have since donated to the university.

Over in Glasgow staff opened a leather handbag to find an old set of false teeth inside, while workers in the same city also became the unwitting recipients of a used pregnancy test.

But one of the most startling discoveries came further south in Kendal, where a farmer brought in a tool for castrating lambs into the shop on the southern edge of the Lake District.

Barnardo's said it hoped sharing the amusing list would remind the nation that they are happy to take unwanted Christmas gifts that can't be exchanged off your hands — as long as these are in "good condition", are not faulty and are suitable for resale.

Managing Director of Barnardo’s Trading Companies, Roy Clark, said: “Most of us have received Christmas presents that may be of good quality and cost a fair bit – but are just not suitable for ourselves.

"So instead of putting them at the back of the drawer and forgetting about them – why not donate to your local Barnardo’s store?”

Some of the more frightful donations included parts of the human anatomy — such as in Rotherham, where shop workers received a pot containing nine human molars.

Another bag donated elsewhere included infant’s clothes that contained the baby’s dried umbilical cord and belly clip.

Barnardo's said that the proceeds from the sale of "good quality, unused Christmas gifts" are a "vital source" of income for the charity’s work supporting vulnerable children across the UK.

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