Monday 9 December 2019

Man hands £20,000 to cancer charity

Cancer Research UK received £20,000 from a mystery donor
Cancer Research UK received £20,000 from a mystery donor

A mystery man walked into a charity shop and handed in an envelope with a £20,000 donation inside, then left without saying a word.

It is believed to be the biggest donation handed in to a Cancer Research UK shop in the UK. Staff unveiled a banner at the shop with the words "thank you" to send a message to the mystery benefactor.

Workers said it was the biggest donation they had "ever seen" at the shop.

Volunteer Alexandra Macmillan, 48, was handed the envelope while helping at the Glasgow Cancer Research UK shop.

Ms Macmillan, who has been volunteering at the shop in Sauchiehall Street for nine years, said: "It was quite busy in the shop, so I thought he was just another customer. He didn't say anything, just smiled and handed me an envelope. Before I could say anything to him he had turned around and walked away.

"I took the envelope into the back room and gave it to the manager. We occasionally receive donations here, so I was hoping it might be a cheque for as much as £100.

"When we opened it up and found a banker's draft for £20,000 inside we literally couldn't believe what we were seeing. We had to read it several times before we were really sure we had just been given so much money."

Staff want to get a message to the generous man.

Shop manager Michelle Fulton said: "The man wasn't one of our regular customers and we didn't get the chance to say thank-you, so we're all hoping he sees this and knows just how incredibly grateful we are for such a generous gift.

"I have been working at this shop for 15 years now, and this is far and away the biggest donation we have ever received. Occasionally are given a nice designer dress, or a cheque for a couple of hundred pounds, but this was in a different league altogether."

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