Restrictions lifted on curious legacy

The Remember a Charity coalition has won the right to do what it wants with a legacy of nearly £1m left to it by an anonymous donor.

The will originally said the money should be used for the benefit of elderly, sick and disabled people. However, the restriction has been removed after talks with the Charity Commission, the donor's solicitors and the Institute of Fundraising.

Remember a Charity is a coalition of 140 charities that promotes legacy giving in general but does not solicit legacies for itself or specific members. It received the legacy last year (Third Sector, 13 June). Members approached the commission after deciding the restrictions were impractical.

The organisation will decide how to use the funds later this year. "Members have been consulted and this has been fed into our current strategic review," said Stephen George, chair of the consortium.

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