December 12 2013 Latest news:
Ramzy Alwakeel, Reporter
Thursday, October 3, 2013
There’s plenty in store for sick youngsters at a newly opened Gidea Park convenience shop.
That’s because Nisa, in Main Road, is donating a few pennies to the Richard House hospice for every own-brand product it sells – indefinitely.
On top of that, at its launch and fun day later this month – at which local girl and former X-Factor singer Amy Mottram will put in an appearance – the shop will donate a whopping 50 per cent of all takings to the Beckton charity.
The link came about through the shop’s part-time sales assistant Sarah Porter.
“My partner’s a taxi driver and he picks up from Richard House when he does taxi tours for terminally ill children,” explained Sarah, 38.
“Nisa was looking for a charity to support and that was the first one that came to mind.”
“I was quite taken aback when they said how much they wanted to give to them. It’s a fantastic charity to support.”
The fun day will take place on October 26, with free face painting for youngsters and wine tasting among the attractions.
It comes as the shop “upgrades” from an off-licence into a fully-fledged food store.
Nisa spokesman Danny Capitanchik explained: “We’ve reopened the store with a huge range of stuff – it’s a cut above the average off licence.
“Whenever we sell any own-brand products, a few pennies go into a charity pot. We donate that to Richard House as well as supporting them in selling merchandise.”
Getting her employers on board isn’t the only way Sarah plans to give Richard House a hand – or a flipper.
In November she’ll be part of a Guinness World Record attempt – the most people dressed as penguins running through London in a day.
She runs about 12km a day so the distance – 2km – shouldn’t be a problem. “It’s not the fun run I’m worried about – it’s the costume,” she laughed.
You can sponsor her in-store. She hopes to raise at least £100.
Three men will today go on trial at Snaresbrook Crown Court for the rape of a woman in Romford last year.