Sex toy or coffin, yours from PDSA

Adult toys and a coffin were among the most unusual items donated to animal health charity PDSA's 181 UK shops last year.

Other entries in the charity's top-ten weirdest donations include a glass eye, false teeth, a candy G-string and two bras sized 50FF.

One macabre donation, a headstone engraved with the words "in loving memory", sold instantly for £40.

"It's always a voyage of discovery sorting through donations given to PDSA shops," said Hugh Forde, head of training at PDSA. "We can usually find a market for any gift."

Even the glass eye fetched £5, although the false teeth were not put up for sale. PDSA raised £2m from its shops in 2004.

Meanwhile, the red This Is Your Life book given to Coronation Street actress Pat Phoenix, who played man-eater Elsie Tanner on the ITV soap, has been donated anonymously to the Springhill Hospice charity shop in Rochdale.

It will be auctioned next month.

The actress died in 1986 aged 62, two years after leaving the show and shortly after marrying actor Tony Booth, Cherie Blair's father.

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