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article imageEnvelope containing £20,000 handed to UK charity

By Lynn Curwin     Oct 3, 2010 in World
Glasgow - A man walked into a charity shop in Glasgow, handed a volunteer an envelope with a £20,000 donation inside, and left without saying a word.
The Glasgow Cancer Research UK shop has now put a banner up to say thank you to the mysterious benefactor.
Alexandra Macmillan, 48, who has been volunteering at the store for nine years, was helping out when the man came in.
"It was quite busy in the shop, so I thought he was just another customer,” The Guardian quoted her as saying. “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."
Michelle Fulton, who manages the shop, said she has been working there for 15 years and this if the biggest donation they have ever received.
"Occasionally, we are given a nice designer dress, or a cheque for a couple of hundred pounds, but this was in a different league altogether."
She said the man wasn’t a regular customer and they didn’t get to thank him in person so they are hoping he will see the banner.
Dr Liam Faller, from the Beatson Institute for Cancer Research, said that, because Cancer Research UK is entirely funded by the public, donations are crucial to their work.
The charity’s shop in Fife was given a copy of the first Beano annual in April. That item was sold at auction for more than £4,000.
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