Tuck in for hospice fund
PUBLISHED: 16:59 22 April 2009 | UPDATED: 10:50 12 August 2010
HUNGRY residents descended on a fish and chip shop to raise money for charity, last weekend. Mehmet Mehmet, owner of Fish Etc in Belvedere,
HUNGRY residents descended on a fish and chip shop to raise money for charity, last weekend.
Mehmet Mehmet, owner of Fish Etc in Belvedere, said people from Bromley visited his shop on Bank Holiday Monday to help raise money for Demelza children's hospice.
The 42-year-old raised £1,100 for the Kent and Eltham-based charity by promising to give away all of his day's takings, whilst footing the bill for staffing and materials.
He said: "Bank holiday money is usually a day for turkey and pork roast at home. At first we thought nobody was going to come.
"But after around 5pm people started coming from Bexley, Sidcup, Bromley and various other places. We must have had around 300 customers.
"Quite a few people had actually cut out the Bexley Times article and pointed to it, saying 'this is why we came'."
Typically, the Albert Road chippy would make a fraction of the £900 raised through food sales on a Bank Holiday.
However the family business' fundraiser enjoyed the support of the community as Mr Mehmet's friends and associates helped out.
Ken Musthafa, head of Langleys Chartered Surveyors, in Bexleyheath, did a ten-hour shift behind the counter, whilst the head of Barrington Primary School sent a circular email to parents about it.
Mr Mehmet said: "After a while I started noticing lots of parents' faces I recognised from the school playground which was great.
"To see the headmistress of the school with her children to support us was even better, I think it showed a lot of commitment."
The day's fundraising cost Mr Mehmet some £800 on top of his donated takings.
He added: "It was the most satisfying day ever! When I first thought of it I thought I'd help out and maybe get some publicity to boot.
"But to see so many people turn up to help out made it feel so worthwhile. I will definitely do it again."
The money raised will go into Demelza's central fund, and could be used to provide almost 24 hours of respite care for a child and their family.
For details visit www.demelzahouse.org.uk
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