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Friday 17 November 2017

Charity curtains have silver lining

Breda Heffernan

Breda Heffernan

IT'S often stuffed under mattresses or wedged into piggy banks -- but one careful saver went to a new extreme when they stitched their cash into the lining of some curtains.

Now a Dublin charity shop has made a public appeal to trace the woman who donated the curtains to contact them after thousands of euro were discovered stuffed inside a small cloth bag sewn to the back of the curtains.

Staff at Barnardos in Rathmines, Dublin, believe the woman may be unaware that the four-figure sum was there before donating the items.

Barnardos shops manager Bernadette Harrington said the woman dropped the curtains at the Rathmines branch at lunchtime last Wednesday.

Staff are confident they will be able to recognise the woman -- even though she isn't a regular customer -- should she return to collect her windfall.


"It was in a little cloth bag stitched on to the curtains on the back. Obviously, we check everything when it comes in and a volunteer found the bag and reported it to the manager here," said Ms Harrington.

"It's hard to say what happened. Quite often this is what elderly people do so maybe someone was clearing out a house after an elderly person moved into a nursing home. Maybe she did it herself and just forgot, which you can do when you're busy."

She also speculated that the woman may have recently moved into a new house and the curtains could have been left there by the previous owner.

It's not the first odd donation to Barnardos.

"We've had a lady hand in her engagement ring, her wedding ring and a carload of wedding presents," said Ms Harrington.

"People have some quite unusual hiding places. Ladies sometimes put their jewellery into shoes, then they're having a wardrobe clearout and off go the shoes to the charity shop, they ring us the next day in a panic. Elderly people also tend to put cash into paperback books."

Barnardos is reluctant to reveal too many details about the exact amount of money involved, the woman or the curtains -- which are described only as "distinctive" -- in order to deter hoaxers from trying to claim the cash.

"The lady can contact us on 01 8612070. We would love to have the opportunity to get this cash back to her," said Ms Harrington.

Irish Independent

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