Young woman's amazement after train passenger's incredible act of kindness

A kind-hearted mystery donor gave £100 to a young woman after overhearing her discussing her financial situation on a train to Leeds.

Ella Johannessen, 23, was travelling to Leeds on a Virgin Trains East Coast service to visit friends on Saturday when a fellow passenger made the incredibly generous gesture.

After boarding at Peterborough, she sat down and phoned her mum to discuss a £35 bank transfer that had not gone through, while confiding in her about being short of money and worried about her financial situation.

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Ella then fell asleep, and woke up half an hour later and noticed a napkin on her lap. When she looked under it, she found £100 in cash.

Posting on Facebook, she wrote:-

"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 shows 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."

Ella was a fine art student at Leeds Beckett University, and now works as a screen printer.