Out of the fireplace, into the sector

Plus: a saucy first-aid video and the brothel that gives

In Norway, a man who found almost £30,000 hidden underneath the fireplace of his new apartment has donated it to charity. Vemund Thorkildsen said he was showing his newly purchased Oslo apartment to a friend and they uncovered the cash while they were trying to work out if the fireplace could be moved to another room. Thoughts of an extravagant foreign excursion flashed across his mind, but Thorkildsen said he realised the money wasn’t his and so
donated it to the Norwegian Cancer Society. No news on the flat’s previous owner, who presumably had money to burn.

A charity in Germany has come under fire after it produced a video that attempts to make first aid sexy. The film, produced by the aid organisation Arbeiter Samariter Bund (the Samaritan Workers Federation), shows scantily clad women and, no doubt the odd man, recreating music videos from artists including Beyoncé and Taylor Swift with added life-saving manoeuvres. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the video has attracted criticism on social media, with one person branding it "totally brain-amputated".

Over in New Zealand, a charity received a ­financial boost when it was given the proceeds of an open day held by a local brothel. The establishment, in Hawera, Taranaki, educated visitors about the brothel and the sex industry before conducting a grand tour of the premises. The charity Kai Children, which provides school lunches for children in poverty, was glad to receive funds raised by the day. Rochelle Steer, the charity’s founder, said she didn’t care where the money came from if it meant more children could eat. "If people don’t agree with this, then don’t come," she said.

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