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Thursday, March 23, 2017
Diamonds in the collection box
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¬†An anonymous donor has left a diamond-studded bracelet worth more than £1,000 in a collection box at an Anglican church in Chester. The bracelet, give to St Mary without-the-Walls Church in Handbridge, Chester, will be auctioned to raise money for church youth work, Canon Christopher Samuels told the press. He said: "It is the most unusual donation the church has had. We often find foreign coins and buttons, but not diamond bracelets. " Canon Samuels, who is one of the Queen's 36 chaplains, said he discovered the bracelet after a woman rang the church to ask whether it had been found in the church poor box. He said: "I was a little suspicious at first, because of the thought it might have been stolen - but it was totally genuine." He said the woman, who wanted to remain anonymous, left the bracelet in the box several weeks' ago. "She said she felt at that moment she wanted to put it to some good use for the church," Canon Samuels said. The bracelet is being auctioned at Byrnes Auctioneers and Valuers in Chester on 23 June.
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