“I was in shock and insisted we pay our way. However, the owner refused and told us to donate the cost of our bill to charity” – one good deed deserves another as car enthusiasts get a tasty surprise

Car enthusiasts decided one good deed deserved another after enjoying a tasty treat by the seaside.

Fifteen members of the Essex Mini Club arranged a trip to Frinton and bought fish and chips from Pier One, in Connaught Avenue.

Upon arriving, the restaurant owner – a classic car fan himself – decided to donate the food free of charge, as a goodwill gesture.

Rather than taking money, he insisted the group gave money to charity instead – resulting in a £230 donation to East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH). EACH has a shop just along the road from Pier One.

Essex Mini Club chairman Danny Birch said: “When I went in to place our order, a member of staff told me the owner loves classic cars and was more than happy to donate food for our day out.

“I was in shock and insisted we pay our way, as we didn’t want any freebies.

“However, the owner refused and told us to donate the cost of our bill to charity.

“I went away and spoke to the rest of the group and, between us, we came up with £230 for EACH.”

The group plan to organise another ‘fish and chip run’ early this year and hope to raise more money for EACH.

Ali Butler, EACH’s senior community fundraiser for Suffolk, said: “What a fabulous story and incredible gesture, both from the Pier One owner and all the day trippers from the Essex Mini Club.

“We were so pleased to hear what happened and hope they had a brilliant day, no doubt made all the more enjoyable by this very kind act. We’re very grateful.”

Notes to Editors

“EACH has made us all feel part of an extended family and, thanks to staff and fellow families, we’re not alone with problems. We always leave The Treehouse feeling positive, stronger and thankful.”

  • We care for children and young people with life-threatening conditions across Cambridgeshire, Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk, and support their families.
  • We offer families flexibility and control over where they receive their care and support, including where their child dies – at home, in hospital or at one of three hospices at Milton (Cambridge), The Nook (Norfolk) and The Treehouse (Ipswich).
  • Our family-centred approach includes specialist nursing care, symptom management support, short breaks, wellbeing activities, therapies and counselling, all meeting the individual needs of the child, young person and whole family.
  • We are recognised as leaders in our field, with a reputation for excellence and commitment to pioneering development and innovation.
  • We rely on voluntary donations for the majority of our income and this year need to raise £5.8 million from fundraising and £6.5 million in income from our shops. The year before the pandemic we received just 16% of our total income from statutory sources.
  • EACH Royal Patron –Her Royal Highness The Princess of Wales.
  • For more information about EACH, including forthcoming events and how you can help raise funds,visit each.org.uk or call our Suffolk fundraisers on 01473 917965.

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For further information about this release please contact:

Matt Plummer | Media and PR Manager | 07738 328058 | Matt.Plummer@each.org.uk

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