The really strange items donated to Barnados in Lincoln

Other stores in the UK even had false teeth, carrot tops and a slice of pizza

A urethral catheter and urine bottle were among the bizarre items donated to Barnados in Lincoln in 2021.

As part of its Christmas fundraising appeal, the children’s charity released a list of the strangest items left in their stores by donors, of which it has around 620 across the UK.

In Lincoln, the charity has stores on High Street, Wolsey Way and the Carlton Center.

In addition to the curious donations at Lincoln, other stores across the UK received strange body-related items as well.

These included a pelvic floor exerciser in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, a used pregnancy test kit in Glasgow, a pack of Viagra tablets in Rotherham, a bottom wiping tool in Gravesend, Kent, a hemorrhoid pillow in Wolverhampton and even a used toilet brush in Colwyn Bay in Wales.

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Shop workers in Rotherham, South Yorkshire got an unwelcome surprise after receiving a pot of nine human molars and a bag of baby clothes with a baby’s dried umbilical cord and abdominal clamp.

Staff and volunteers were also given a jar of formaldehyde-preserved scorpion in St Andrews, Scotland, which has since been given to the local university, and a lamb castration tool from a farmer donated in rural Kendal, Cumbria.

A false-tooth handbag was donated in Glasgow, while employees in Catterick, North Yorkshire enjoyed a man’s coat until they discovered a slice of pizza in it.

In Wolverhampton, West Midlands, Santa’s reindeer may already have received a donation as it was simply made up of several carrot ends while a shop in Worksop, Nottinghamshire received a bag of moss.

Chocolate gift boxes are always popular, but a can of crab meat with a best before date of 2015 did not go down well in Pitlochry, Perthshire.

In a London shop, a donor donated four portraits of historical figures in suitable frames – those of the fascist dictator Benito Mussolini, the Chinese communist leader Mao Zedong, Vlad the Impaler, also known as Dracula, and the former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, who was born in Grantham. represent .

Staff in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, were cheered by a note attached to a men’s sports short that read: “Wear these however you like, wear them with pride and joy, and keep them safe. Geoff. X. ”

It’s not the first time Barnardo’s has received unusual deliveries, with previous quirky highlights including a dead bird in Glasgow and a hamster cage in Warrington, Cheshire with a dead hamster in it.

Barnardo’s shared the strange donations as part of an appeal to encourage people to give their unwanted Christmas gifts to their local branch, where all profits will be used for vulnerable children and teenagers.

“Most of us have received Christmas gifts that are good quality and cost a fair bit – but are just not suitable for us,” said Roy Clark, managing director of Barnardo’s Trading Companies.

“So instead of putting it in the back of the drawer and forgetting, why don’t you donate to your local Barnardo store?”

Unfortunately, Barnardo’s was unable to provide photos of the urethral catheter and urine bottle donated in Lincoln.

However, below is a series of photos of some of the strange items that have been donated to other shops in the UK …

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