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Customers chip in for hospice

PUBLISHED: 10:33 30 April 2009 | UPDATED: 16:38 25 August 2010

A CHIP shop owner raised more than £1,000 for terminally ill children by donating an entire day s takings to a hospice.

A CHIP shop owner raised more than £1,000 for terminally ill children by donating an entire day's takings to a hospice.

Mehmet Mehmet, owner of Fish Etc in Belvedere, said customers from across south east London visited him over Easter to help raise money for Demelza children's hospice.

The 42-year-old said he raised £1,100 for the Kent and Eltham-based charity by promising to give away all of his takings on Bank Holiday Monday.

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 Times article and pointed to it, saying 'this is why we came'."

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 more information visit www.demelzahouse.org.

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