But when she died, the 94-year-old left almost all of her £1.2m estate to animal charities. A close friend told the East Anglian Daily Times that just over £1m was being divided equally between 10 charities that directly help animals, including the RSPCA, the International League for the Protection of Horses and the International Fund for Animal Welfare. He said: "Nora made all her livelihood out of animals and wanted to pay them back."
Members of the Klaxons, the band that was awarded £20,000 for winning the Nationwide Mercury Prize, have said they would like to donate their winnings to charity. According to the Drowned in Sound website, guitarist Simon Taylor said: "We want to give the money to charity, but to something that interests us and which struggles to get donations. Our album is devilled in sci-fi, so we want something abstract - such as advances in telepathy or a new age science."
A charity chief executive who was sacked after her teenage son used her office phone to call sex chatlines has been awarded £50,000 by a tribunal.
The Daily Mail reported that the London Central Employment Tribunal awarded Margaret Murnane the compensation after it found she was unfairly sacked over her son's behaviour. It found she also suffered a sustained campaign of sex discrimination and bullying.
Murnane was appointed director of the London Irish Centre, a charity for London's Irish diaspora, in September 2004. All previous directors had been male priests. The tribunal ruled that the charity's trustees made much of the "minor issue" of the antics of Murnane's son, who also called his girlfriend in Colombia on the office phone.