Mystery donor leaves £20,000 at Great Ormond Street hospital
A secret donor walked into the reception of Great Ormond Street hospital in London yesterday and left a brown paper bag containing £20,000 in cash at the desk.
First fears were that the package may be an explosive but after inspection, staff at the children’s hospital discovered the bag held hundreds of bank notes.
Police were called in to uncover the money’s origin and find out if the ‘donation’ was genuine. They are viewing CCTV footage from the hospital in order to trace the mystery donor.
The money was left at the hospital around 6pm on Monday after the man, described as smartly-dressed and his 50s, coolly walked into the building.
A spokesman for Great Ormond Street revealed the donation left was a ‘five-figure sum’. He stated: ‘The well dressed donor left it at the main reception without speaking to any member of staff. The money was left in a stout paper bag and he walked off.’
He added: ‘Obviously a substantial cash donation requires a number of checks to be made before it is accepted and these are under way.’