A RESTAURATEUR has recorded one of his biggest ever charity pots thanks to kind-hearted diners.
Krimo Bouabda says he has been “blown away” this year by the reaction to his annual National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) raffle.
He launched the competition at Portofino, Casa del Mar and Krimo’s at the beginning of December with the hope of topping last year’s total of £1,800.
And customers helped him sail past that amount as he racked up around £2,300 during the month-long fundraiser.
Krimo, who has recently become a granddad, said: “It has been absolutely amazing.
“For everyone to contribute like they have has been really, really good.
“I don’t know why it has been so big this year, but I think people just like to help.
“Some have bought lots and lots of tickets.”
Diners had been vying to win three £50 meal vouchers and the draw was set to be made today.
The Algerian-born businessman has now raised more than £20,000 in the 12 years he has run the competition for the children’s charity, which he chose because of the link between Christmas and young people.
This year has also seen local firms helping out for the first time with the Fisherman’s Arms pub, in Southgate, on the Headland, and Hartlepool photographer Michael Gant selling bunches of tickets passed on by Krimo.
Krimo added: “I would like to make it bigger next year and get even more businesses involved and make the charity even more money.
“It’s for the local branch of the NSPCC so the money helps children here. It’s a very worthy cause and one we have been proud to support for so long.”
The NSPCC offers a range of services from advice and support to campaigning and education activities to help children suffering from abuse and neglect.