Woman who accidentally donated $10,000 to charity shop is reunited with her cash

A woman who left almost $10,000 cash in a handbag she took to a charity shop has been reunited with her money.

The mystery woman donated about eight handbags to Shelter in Hampstead, staff said.

But she inadvertently left a wad of $100 bills worth about £7,000 in one of her “run of the mill” evening bags.

After the mistake was spotted by shop manager Sophie Condren, 23, staff and volunteers were able to track the woman down using a gift aid registration she had filled in.

Shelter volunteer Siobhan O’Connell was in the shop when the discovery was made last week.

“I had the privilege of counting it and thinking it was Monopoly money,” she told the Standard.

The Shelter branch in Hampstead, north London (Google Streetview)

“You just don’t imagine it, do you. When Sophie found it, she called me over and we were like ‘Oh my God, it really is real’.

“We counted it out, put the money in the safe, and then the manager found the woman’s details through her gift aid registration.”

The woman, described as in her late 60s and a resident of the area in north London, then came in the following day to pick up the cash – but the bag itself has since been sold.

“She thought the money had been stolen,” said Ms O’Connell.

“She was shocked, in disbelief. She’s very lucky that we’re very honest. I’m sure she was very grateful indeed.

“If you think it’s been stolen, for it then to pop up, it’s pretty amazing.”

The Shelter branch in South End Road was designed by fashion designer Wayne Hemingway and opened in 2016.

Its proceeds go towards helping the work of Shelter, which campaigns against homelessness.

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