The owner of a fish and chip shop in Kettering whose charity collection tins were stolen has handed over a day’s earnings to two good causes.
Stav Demetrio, who runs Simply Fish in Eskdaill Street, suffered the break-in on Sunday, November 10.
And profits raked in on Monday, November 18, as well as additional donations from customers, which together totalled £253, were split between Cransley Hospice and the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal.
Mr Demetrio said: “I thought that (the money raised) was pretty good. All in all I thought it was a good day. OK, I lost a day’s takings, but it doesn’t matter.”
He also said people’s generosity in helping him make up for the stolen charity money was in marked contrast to those who had broken in to his business.
He added: “It was nice to do it and to see that people do care. There are some people who are good in this world.”
One customer even made cakes for Mr Demetrio to sell in aid of the two charities.
Di Patrick, head of the hospice’s fundraising team, has given her thanks to Mr Demetrio.
“It’s awful he was broken into, but we are thrilled with what he’s raised with his initiative,” she said.
“Simply Fish has, since its opening, been a really good and generous supporter of Cransley Hospice.”