Crowdfunding campaign to support Norwich butcher after shop destroyed by car

 Heartbroken Maher Ben Elwaer outside his shop Norwich Halal Butcher in Magdalen Street as he comes

Heartbroken Maher Ben Elwaer outside his shop Norwich Halal Butcher in Magdalen Street as he comes to terms with the devastation after a car crashed into it. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2016

A crowdfunding campaign has been launched to support a butcher whose business was destroyed in an accident.

 Heartbroken Maher Ben Elwaer outside his shop Norwich Halal Butcher in Magdalen Street as he comes

Heartbroken Maher Ben Elwaer outside his shop Norwich Halal Butcher in Magdalen Street as he comes to terms with the devastation after a car crashed into it. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2016

Maher Ben Elwaer said he had lost around £45,000 in earnings and from damage after a car ploughed into the front of his shop on Magdalen Street.

Almost two months on from the incident at Norwich Halal Butchers, and the father-of-one fears he will never be able to re-open again.

But following an article in the Evening News, Michelle Moorhouse, from Norwich, has now decided to launch an online campaign to support the 30-year-old.

She said: 'I think the actual event bypassed me in the summer as we went away and I felt awful when reading the story that Mr Elwaer was still waiting for the Insurance payout, which at this stage isn't guaranteed due to the nature of the accident.


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'After living in Norwich for thirteen years, I've only ever known it as a loving and supportive community. I just wanted to extend that love and support to Mr Elwaer in his time of need to show him that the people of Norwich are behind him and hoping his business will be up and running again soon.'

More than £170 has been raised so far towards a goal of £1,000 towards Mr Elwaer's cause.

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He had only recently spent £25,000 refurbishing his business before the car crashed into the shop, forcing it to close.

It is understood that the driver had suffered a medical emergency and passed out at the wheel.

Despite the circumstances of the accident, Mr Elwaer fears he will not receive any payout from the driver's insurance.

To donate, visit: www.gofundme.com/magdalen-street-butcher-support-2ujpatmc

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