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Supermarket boss sold on hospice
A chance encounter led a caring supermarket boss to donate £1,000 to a hospice.
Kirit Patel, 61, visited his local Barclays bank while it was holding a coffee morning for Saint Francis Hospice and was so inspired as Torren Mahmut from the charity's fundraising team spoke about its work he handed over £1,000.
"It was purely by chance that I was in the bank and when I heard Torren speaking to people about what the hospice does, how it looks after people from the area and needs to raise so much money every year I wanted to support it," said Kirit, who runs the Nisa store in Penrose Way, Dagenham (pictured on right with Torren).
"I thought to myself this man is giving his time and raising money to help other people. I have the funds in my store to help people in need so I will give the £1,000 to the hospice." The store runs a promotion every three weeks with 50 to 60 products and every time a customer buys one of the special products between 1p and 5p goes into the store's community fund.
"As I have a very good customer base that money builds up over the year and I am able to raise at least £1,000 a year and then give it back to the community," said Kirit.
Kirit is also hoping to drum up support for the hospice when he meets with members from other Nisa stores.
Lynda Head, the hospice's Community Fundraising Manager, said: "We are absolutely delighted by Kirit's kindness and generosity.
"Kirit cares about his community and it is wonderful that he will be continuing to support the hospice as well as encouraging other Nisa stores to help raise the vital funds we need to provide the best care and support to everyone who needs it. "