The heart-warming reason this woman was gifted a lot of money by a complete stranger

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Student Ella Johannessen was shocked to find £100 under her napkin after she woke from a nap on the train. 

The world can feel impossibly dark and miserable at times (as these news stories will prove), but, thankfully, soul-lifting stories about random acts of kindness are on the up.

Ella Johannessen, a Leeds-based student, was recently travelling by train from Peterborough to Leeds. During her journey on Saturday 27 January, she called her mum to tell her how “stressed and upset” she was about her finances.

Stressing about money is something we can all relate to in the first month of the year. But when Johannessen woke from a snooze she found £100 lying under a napkin in front of her.

Now, Johannessen wants to spread the generosity and track down the kind stranger who gifted her such a large sum. Taking to Facebook, she shared the heart-warming story, saying:

“I was on the Virgin East coast train from London Kings Cross to Leeds on the 27 January. I got on at Peterborough at 14:52pm. I found a seat and rang my mum.

“I was rather stressed and upset over my financial situation and was trying to locate what had happened to the £35 that had been sent to me over a bank transfer.

“I spoke to her about how little money I had, how worried I was about my finances and I got upset.

“After speaking to my mum I hung up the phone and went to sleep, I woke up about half hour later and noticed a napkin on my lap. Under the napkin was £100.

“I started to cry – this is because I was incredibly thankful for your kindness to someone you don’t even know.

“After a terrible 18 months where I lost my father and both of his parents it showed me that there is kindness and good people in the world.

“I will pass your kindness on. I want to say thank you to the person who gave me this gift, I hope you will eventually see this.”

With nearly 10,000 likes and over 7,000 shares, Johannessen is hoping to eventually track down the kind individual with her public post.

Johannessen said she will be passing on the kindness by volunteering for a charity.

Images: Facebook / iStock


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Susan Devaney

Susan Devaney is a digital journalist for, writing about fashion, beauty, travel, feminism, and everything else in-between.