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RSPCA loses appeal for multi-million pound North Yorkshire farm


3:29pm 1st December 2010
(Updated 3:37pm 1st December 2010)

The RSPCA's lost its appeal over a 2 million pound will outlining the ownership of a North Yorkshire farm.

Last year 59 year old Christine Gill from Northallerton, won a High Court battle to overturn her parents will, which had left Potto Carr Farm to the charity.

She claimed her "domineering" father had coerced her mother into it.

The RSPCA counter appealed - BUT now its lost.

Today Christine Gill said she was "delighted" by the Court of Appeal decision after she dedicated many years to maintaining it voluntarily.

In a statement, the charity said:

"The RSPCA is disappointed with the outcome of the hearing but respects the judgment of the court.

"We recognise that cases like this are highly emotive, and that individuals can feel upset when a charity is named as a beneficiary in a loved-one's will.

"However, as a charity we are limited in our ability to simply walk away from funds that have been generously bequeathed to us. This is why we felt it was only right to appeal against the findings of the High Court judge in order to honour the testamentary wishes of Mrs Gill."

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