Wednesday 20 September 2017

Jimmy Savile's legacy to charity delayed by love-child DNA test

British radio disc jockey, television broadcaster and charity fundraiser Sir Jimmy Savile sporting his OBE after his investiture at Buckingham Palace, London. Photo: Getty Images
British radio disc jockey, television broadcaster and charity fundraiser Sir Jimmy Savile sporting his OBE after his investiture at Buckingham Palace, London. Photo: Getty Images

Donna Bowater

JIMMY Savile's bequests to charity cannot be handed out until a woman claiming to be his daughter receives the results of a DNA test, his family said.

The entertainer and fund-raiser left £3.6m to good causes in his will but his relatives said his wishes could not be carried out until Georgina Ray, 40, found out whether Sir Jimmy was her father or not.

Mrs Ray claimed her mother Christine, 59, had a brief affair with the Jim'll Fix It presenter – who died last October aged 84 – in 1970.

Sir Jimmy's niece Amanda McKenna, 50, told the Daily Mirror that Mrs Ray was taking a test to establish whether she was the DJ's child but she said the test results were holding up the administration of his will.

"When I read about her, I was happy. Then legal letters started arriving, which held up the donation," she said.

A friend of Mrs Ray told The Sun in December that she wanted closure over the issue of her paternity but was not a "gold digger".

Her mother and Sir Jimmy were said to have met while Christine was working in a café off the A5 in Cannock, Staffordshire.

Sir Jimmy's nephew Roger Foster said he did not know when the result might be confirmed.

He added: "If she doesn't want money from his estate, why's she taking tests? Why wait decades to say this?"

Sir Jimmy, who presented the first episode of Top Of The Pops, was found at his flat in Roundhay, Leeds, just two days before his 85th birthday. Before his death, he had suffered suspected pneumonia.

The broadcasting legend was buried in Scarborough, North Yorkshire, where he had a flat. His coffin was tilted at an angle so he could see the sea.

Telegraph.co.uk

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