A restaurant in Monton, which had a St Ann’s collection tin stolen during lockdown, has been overwhelmed by the generous response from the public.
Blacksticks has received donations from loyal customers and strangers after its charity box was taken while the restaurant was closed.
The tapas bar and grill, in Monton, Eccles, has also donated £1.50 from every dessert ordered from its takeaway menu during lockdown to our hospice.
A CCTV image of the thief reached than 175,000 social media users and stung the public into action after several hundred pounds worth of damage was also caused to the property on Monton Road.
Steve Kelsall, from Blacksticks, said:
The reaction was phenomenal and we had passers-by and customers making donations. We want to thank everyone for their goodwill - it shows there's still a great sense of community spirit. Out of bad comes good and we've hopefully more than made up for money that was stolen. The staff felt guilty that the collection tin was taken but I think we've made amends. We donated profits from desserts and have so far raised around £185. These are hard times for people who haven't got a lot of money and it shows the affection for St Ann's. Steve Kelsall, Supporter
The Blacksticks takeaway service has been thriving since the first lockdown in March.
We're relieved to have kept the business going during these difficult times and at one stage delivered meat packs to the vulnerable which also kept our suppliers in work. Steve Kelsall, Supporter
The generosity of the public and the team at Blacksticks following this crime has been so heart-warming, especially at the moment when times are so difficult for everyone. We really appreciate all of the support everyone is giving the hospice, and the money raised really will make a difference. Our fundraising activities have been seriously affected by the pandemic, and we’re hugely grateful to everyone who is thinking of us at this time. The support of our local communities really has meant we’ve been able to keep our doors open and continue providing care for local patients when they need us most Rachel McMillan, Chief Executive