Shocked business owners have issued a rallying cry to raise cash after a collection box was stolen from a city cafe.
The collection tin for the Foxton Centre was taken from the counter of Ravenous in Cannon Street.
The cafe’s owner Louise King and Preston hairdresser John Corrigan have now teamed up to raise money again to help feed the hungry and homeless.
The coffee shop started running a scheme in July where customers could donate £1 to help the organisation. £1 would cover the cost of a balanced meal for people affected by homelessness. So far the cafe has raised £600.
Louise, who has run the cafe for seven years, said: “I was just shocked. It is for the homeless it is shocking.
“The last time we emptied it we had £122 in it. I’m guessing there was nearly £100 in it.
“People put in it every day. My regulars regularly put in two or three times a week. It was only when a regular came in and said ‘where is the box’ that I realised.
“People are disgusted.”
However Louise said: “We want to turn a negative into a positive.”
John Corrigan, 54, who owns Alan Joyce Hair Design in Glover’s Court, said: “When I read about it on Louise’s Facebook I felt quite angry that somebody could deprive somebody of a meal. Then I thought there could be positive. That’s when I thought we could do something to try and involve some of the businesses in the area.”
To help the appeal visit the cafe.