AN ELDERLY widow has left almost £1m to charity in her will.
Barbara Uttley, of Foxcroft Drive in Rastrick, died on April 15 this year at Calderdale Royal Hospital.
She was 79.
She left behind an estate worth £932,380 - and gave it all to charity.
The eight charities which benefited from her generosity are the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association, Arthritis and Rheumatism Council for Research, Brighouse Salvation Army, Bleakholt Animal Sanctuary, the National Canine Defence League, The Calderdale Society for Continuing Care, the Macmillan Cancer Relief Fund and the David Hart Clinic in Keighley.
Her request was that at her funeral, donations should be collected for the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society.
A spokeswoman from the Macmillan Cancer Relief Fund, which received £105,000, said it was greatly appreciated.
She said: "It is a substantial amount of money. One third of our annual income is from legacies and not just large ones like this."
Neighbours said Mrs Uttley and her husband Robert moved to Foxcroft Drive about 28 years ago, from their home in Halifax.
Mr Uttley, who died about 20 years ago, was thought to be a businessman in the Halifax area.
From the outside, their home showed no sign of wealth.
Neighbours had no idea how much money she had and described her as a quiet lady.
One neighbour added: "I am not at all surprised about where the money went. She was passionately fond of dogs.
"She always used to say that dogs aren't like people, they are never going to say anything that would upset you."
The neighbour and her husband looked after Mrs Uttley and tended to her garden.
They learnt of her death on returning from holiday in April, when they saw the death notice in a local newspaper.
The neighbour said no-one had called at Mrs Uttley's house since her death, but she is believed to have some nephews.