DARLINGTON, England – Two good Samaritans with an “emotional connection” to a former mining village in North East England are the anonymous benefactors responsible for leaving cash around town for years for people to find, police confirmed.
Mystery surrounded the strange discoveries of bundles of cash worth more than $2,500 in Blackhall Colliery, in County Durham, with a total of more than $33,000 being handed in by residents over the last six years.
News of the charity campaign made headlines around the world and on Sunday Durham Constabulary said two generous individuals recently received unexpected windfalls and told police they wanted to give something back to the community.
“I’m really pleased we have an answer to this mystery and am glad we can now definitively rule out the money being linked to any crime or a vulnerable person,” said Detective Constable John Forster.
“I would like to thank the good Samaritans for getting in touch and also to the honest residents of Blackhall who have continued to hand the money in,” he added.
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In many cases, the good Samaritans deliberately left the money where it would be found by people in need, including pensioners and people who had fallen on hard times.
They would often wait around to make sure the cash had been picked up but have never sought any thanks for their donations.
The good Samaritans have said they were glad to help residents, although they have both asked to remain anonymous.
“It is amazing really. It has been a talking point,” said Steven Whitehead, who works at Blackhall Pet and Garden Supplies. “People have been asking if I have found any money and I have said, ‘No.'”
Detective Constable Forster encouraged anyone else who finds another bundle of cash to hand it in. The previous bundles have been returned to the people who found them, he said.
It is not known if the pair will continue to leave the bundles in the future but any that are found and handed in to police will continue to be returned to the finder.
Sharon Dunn, who works in The Furniture Shop on Middle Street, said: “It is a very nice gesture. I wish they had left some outside here.”