A TOWN branch of a children’s charity were delighted to receive over £1,300 from an established Hartlepool restaurant owner.
Krimo Bouabda, who owns Krimos and Portofinos Restaurants in the Marina area of Hartlepool, has raised money for the town branch of the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC)for the past 14 years.
The kind-hearted chef and businessman provides raffle prizes – which is usually a meal at one of his restaurants – and sells the raffle tickets to diners for £1 a strip.
And over the past 12 months generous Krimo has managed to rake in a whopping £1,350.07 for the charity which was handed over to the members.
The delighted group contacted the Mail to publicise Krimo’s good work.
Sandra McCall, who got involved with the Hartlepool branch of the NSPCC fundraising committee around 30 years ago, said: “We all want to say a massive thank you to Krimo for all of his work this year, and indeed every year.
“We couldn’t do it without him.
“The money goes to such a good cause and obviously it’s all about the children.”
She added: “We hear of some absolutely dreadful cases, obviously we don’t hear of any names or anything, but when you hear these things it just spurs you on.
“We were all delighted with the amount of money raised by Krimo and his customers.”
Sandra said the committee of seven town NSPCC members organise events and activities throughout the year to keep the money rolling in.
They have a collection at Asda with a children’s choir, a summer lunch, an antiques luncheon with star guest Adam Schoon from tv’s Antiques Roadshow, and they also have a fleet of collection boxes stationed throughout the town for Hartlepool residents to donate their spare change.
Sandra said: “We all love to help and obviously it’s all for the children.”