A GENEROUS Huddersfield woman has left over £3m to charity in her will.
Fixby widow Anne Wilkinson, who died on March 21, left an estate of £3,277,401.
And the bulk of the money is going to numerous charities.
One of the biggest bequests is to the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.
A keen sailor, Mrs Wilkinson has bequeathed them enough money to buy a new £1.2m Trent class lifeboat.
RNLI legacy manager, Sue Fernley, said: "Mrs Wilkinson was a long time supporter of the RNLI.
"We are grateful to people like Mrs Wilkinson who remember us in their wills.
"The RNLI relies on donations to ensure volunteer lifeboat crews can continue their job of saving lives."
Mrs Wilkinson was also an animal lover.
She left shares of her estate to animal welfare charity Blue Cross, the People's Dispensary for Sick Animals, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, Battersea Dogs' Home, St Tiggywinkle's hospital for hedgehogs, Bransby Home of Rest for Horses, The Donkey Sanctuary in Sidmouth, Redwings Horse Sanctuary, the National Canine Defence League and the Royal Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
She also left money to Holly Bank School at Mirfield, Yorkshire Cancer Research, Guide Dogs for the Blind, Hearing Dogs for the Deaf, the British Heart Foundation and Kirkwood Hospice.
Annabelle Arkless, fundraising manager for Kirkwood Hospice, said: "It's a generous gift. Legacies make up a substantial proportion of our income and are incredibly important to the hospice. We are very grateful."
A spokeswoman for the PDSA said Mrs Wilkinson's money would help fund veterinary treatment for pets at Huddersfield's PDSA Pet Aid medical unit at Greenhead Road and at the PDSA Jeanne Marching Centre in Bradford.
She added: "The PDSA relies on public support to provide free veterinary care for sick and injured pets, whose owners cannot afford private fees.
"Legacy donations contribute towards two out of three pets treated by the PDSA every working day."
Mrs Wilkinson was described as a generous and friendly woman.
Mr Navinder Uppal runs Fixby Stores, near to Mrs Wilkinson's home on Jilley Royd Lane.
He said: "She was a really nice lady and was active in the community.
"I remember she liked sailing and would talk of it a lot.
"If you knew her she would talk away to you."
Mrs Wilkinson's large detached home, set back in secluded woodland, has formed a large part of her estate.
The house was built by Mrs Wilkinson's husband, Frank, who died several years ago.
He founded Hebble Auto Services Ltd of Bradford Road in Huddersfield in 1953 and was managing director of the firm for many years.
The firm was sold off to car dealers Carnell for £2m in 1989.
Mr and Mrs Wilkinson were an active couple.
They were both members of the Scarborough Yacht Club for many years and sailed a 34-foot cruiser-racer named Mark Zulu, after an aircraft call sign.
Mr Wilkinson, who was Commodore of the Yacht Club for a time, was a private air pilot for over 25 years and enjoyed motor bike trials and car rallying. The couple had no children.