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Chippy serves up a generous helping

PUBLISHED: 10:55 09 April 2009 | UPDATED: 16:30 25 August 2010

HELPING HAND: Ismail Mehmet and his son, Mehmet Mehmet.

HELPING HAND: Ismail Mehmet and his son, Mehmet Mehmet.

A CHIP shop owner plans to give away every penny of his takings to a children s hospice this Bank Holiday Monday.

A CHIP shop owner plans to give away every penny of his takings to a children's hospice this Bank Holiday Monday.

Mehmet Mehmet, owner of Fish etc, in Albert Road, Belvedere, said he was inspired as a parent to give his money away to Demelza, a children's hospice provider in Eltham and Kent.

The father of two expects to make a "huge loss", but said his donation will contribute to the £800 it costs to provide a day's hospice care.

Mr Mehmet, 42, from Welling, said: "I was walking down Bexleyheath Broadway thinking about how some footballers had given a day's salary when I saw some Demelza fundraisers.

"I thought it was doing fantastic work, giving children comfort and care in their last days. We're usually closed on Bank Holiday Monday, so I thought I could help."

The Mehmet family have run fish and chip shops since the 1960s and Mr Mehmet's 72-year-old father, Ismail, still works in the Belvedere shop.

Mr Mehmet, an accountant, added: "I don't think enough people give up their money for charity, especially at a time when MPs are raking in unfair expenses.

"I'm not thinking about how much it will cost me. Times might be hard but there are people out there suffering far more than I.

"If a single businessman like me can do it, then other businessmen and companies will see that they can too."

Paying for all the day's food, materials, VAT and power as well as giving his profits away, Mr Mehmet expects to make a £2,000 loss.

Demelza, which provides a range of services including palliative care and bereavement support, requires £1269 to provide 24 hours of respite care.

Terrie Kennor, Demelza's London fundraising manager, said: "We really appreciate what Mr Mehmet is doing for the hospice. Giving up a day's takings in this climate is a fantastic gesture.

"Demelza has to rely entirely on fundraising to run its services and receives very little government funding."

Fish etc will donate all its sales to charity this Monday between 12 noon and 10pm.

For more information call 01322 432 778.

jules.cooper@archant.co.uk

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