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Diners rally round after charity theft

Kind: John Corrigan of Alan Joyce Hair Design, Shirah Bamber from the Foxton Centre and Louise King from Ravenous with the new collection

Kind: John Corrigan of Alan Joyce Hair Design, Shirah Bamber from the Foxton Centre and Louise King from Ravenous with the new collection

Generous cafe diners have donated hundreds of pounds after a charity box was stolen from the premises.

The collection tin for the Foxton Centre was taken from the counter of Ravenous in Cannon Street in Preston.

The cafe’s owner Louise King and Preston hairdresser John Corrigan 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.

The charity box was stolen in January but thanks to kind hearted customers the cafe has still been able to donate £450 to the cause.

Louise, who has run the cafe for seven years, said: “I am really pleased. It has been fantastic, everyone has been really good.”

The pair said they were happy to have turned a negative into a positive.

Louise collected from customers at the cafe and John collected, who owns Alan Joyce Hair Design in Glover’s Court, collected from clients.

Various businesses donated including Futopia, Strictly Dancing and Coco Boo, Snapes Printers, Sentinel Insurance and O’Donnells Solicitors.

Louise also said she received a donation from a lady called Margaret Cottam who handed over £20 in lieu of her golden wedding anniversary flowers and in memory of her late sister.

Shirah Bamber from the Foxton Centre said: “We are really happy they got on board and they turned it around so well.”

“We only started the campaign last July, since then there’s been just over 700 meals - this is more than half of that again.”

 

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