BALLYMONEY eaterie Oscar’s Kitchen is pitching in to help a charity which was hit by callous thieves recently.
Management at the Church Street business have donated £50 to Compass Advocacy Network and have set up a donations box encouraging customers to put 50p towards the cause when they visit Oscar’s.
Joanne Tumelty of Oscar’s Kitchen told the Times they wanted to do their bit after reading about the charity’s plight in the Times a fortnight ago.
“Like many people in the town we were shocked when we read about the burglarly at Compass,” she said.
“This charity provides an important service to the local community and the money taken was raised by the young people it helps.
“Hopefully the donations box can raise enough to help them recoup some of the money they lost and help towards keeping the good work Compass does going.”
Staff at Compass Advocacy Network, Seymour Street said they were devastated after over £1,000 was taken following a break in at their offices earlier this month.
The bulk of the cash stolen was money raised for Children in Need by young people who use the charity’s services.
The money taken had been raised by a youth group at Compass Advocacy Network called Project S.Inc which caters for young people aged 12 to 18 with a range of learning difficulties.
It was the proceeds from fundraising events including a pub quiz and raffle at Ballymoney United Football Club, a Cupcake Day and a member of staff having his head shaved.
Kerry McCrellis of Compass Advocacy Network welcomed the gesture by Oscar’s Kitchen and said staff at the charity very much appreciated it.
Compass Advocacy Network is a registered charity employing eight staff and approximately 25 volunteers.
Around 240 people access the services the body provides on a regular basis.
When they heard of the break-in kind-hearted officials from Ballymoney United immediately offered to throw an event to help replace the money that was taken.
A date for the fundraiser has yet to be announced.
REPORT: CHRIS KILPATRICK