Generosity of restaurant team is praised in Lowestoft

Staff at the Spring Tide restaurant pictured with Oliver Whittingham. PHOTO: Nick Butcher

Staff at the Spring Tide restaurant pictured with Oliver Whittingham. PHOTO: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

Heart-warming stories were shared as people said 'thank you' to a dedicated restaurant manager and his team for their charity fund-raising efforts.

Staff from The Spring Tide restaurant meet the people they have been fund-raising for. PHOTO: Nick

Staff from The Spring Tide restaurant meet the people they have been fund-raising for. PHOTO: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

Staff at Spring Tide, led by general manager Keith Fletcher, have helped the community raise a total of £30,000 since last April.

And on Saturday, January 16, beneficiaries showed their appreciation for the tireless fund-raising efforts of the team.

Gary and Elaine High, who set up the Taylor High Memorial Fund in memory of their son, were on hand to express their gratitude after being chosen as the main fund-raising partner for 2015.

This year, the commitment will be made to Oliver's Footsteps campaign – to help the family of young Oliver Whittington raise £24,000 needed for a major operation at Great Ormond Street Hospital in June.

Mr Fletcher and colleague Marcus Knights first took part in the Three Peaks Challenge last year.

They climbed the highest mountains in England, Scotland and Wales in 24 hours for charity and raised £536 for Ken Stevens – a man who is bravely fighting HyperPara Thyroid Disease (PTD).

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The team have also provided countless raffle prizes and held social events at the premises on Kirkley Rise.

'I work for a company that makes a multi-million pound profit each year and I believe that it is right that we give something back to the community,' Mr Fletcher said.

'It is quite emotional to describe what it means to be helping these people.

'I don't believe in raising money for high-end charities. My goal is to focus on small independent charities or organisations that don't have that brand name or power behind them.

'I get loads of emails each week asking for raffle prizes and it is never a no, we are always willing to help.'

The restaurant – which has-been open about four years and is run by Marston's –recently won the Blakemore Services Public Sector award in which they received £500 for the Taylor High Memorial Fund, which was then matched by a supplier of Blakemore's.

Gary High, who set up the fund, added: 'What Keith does for people and the support he gives is just unbelievable.'

For more information, or to contact Mr Fletcher, email SpringTide.Lowestoft@marstons.co.uk or call 01502 567898.

Has your community group benefitted from a kind donation? Email joe.randlesome@archant.co.uk

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