In the German town of Braunschweig an anonymous philanthropist has given away €190,000 in a series of donations that started back in November. He or she leaves envelopes stuffed with thousands of euros for good causes – sometimes in mailboxes, other times under doormats and on one occasion between the pews of a church. The cash, which is always in unmarked envelopes, is sometimes accompanied by instructions on how it should be spent. The Good Samaritan is said to understand German tax law, as donations never exceed the €10,000 maximum non-taxable limit. Recipients of this amazing generosity have included a seriously disabled boy, a museum, a soup kitchen and a burglary victim who had lost thousands of euros. A week ago the mysterious benefactor left an envelope stuffed with 20 €500 notes under the doormat of a hospice.