An indefatigable fundraiser has come to the aid of a community cafe.

The cafe, run by adults with learning difficulties supported by Little Sutton based 1st Enable, has opened up in Ellesmere Port’s Green Flag Whitby Park.

Well known fundraiser Billy Birch brought in funds for a fridge freezer and hand sink which were needed.

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Cafe manager Chris Dod from 1st Enable said: “Whitby Park Community Café would like to thank the hard work and dedication of Billy Birch for rising funds for a fridge freezer and hand sink that were needed for the continued running of the community café.

“The café and Billy would like to thank URENCO, Country Spice in Hope, Peacocks, Everton FC, staff and members of Mecca Bingo and the kind people of Ellesmere Port.”

The cafe celebrated its official opening with a big thank you to a charity founded by the Prince of Wales.

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Guests included The Prince’s Trust, Social Services, the NHS, the borough’s young adults transition team and the borough council.

Bridge House, a small independent day service also in Little Sutton which supports adults with learning disabilities and helps them gain independent living skills that they will need in the future, along with Action Transport Theatre in Whitby Park have also been involved in addition to The Princes Trust.

Local businesses helped and supported the not-for-profit community café project helping 1st Enable provide ‘a positive difference to the community’.

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The cafe opens Monday to Friday between 10am and 2pm serving snacks and hot and cold drinks, takeaway or eat in.

The total money raised by Billy for good causes since 1991 in memory of his late wife is now around £111,000.