Spalding: Restaurateur is all heart for charity

In the name of charity: Richard Wells, of Univeg (centre), with Denise Vickers, chairman of Spalding and Holbeach Macmillan Cancer Support and Joe Cifaldi, who is raising money for the British Heart Foundation Mending Broken Hearts appeal.
In the name of charity: Richard Wells, of Univeg (centre), with Denise Vickers, chairman of Spalding and Holbeach Macmillan Cancer Support and Joe Cifaldi, who is raising money for the British Heart Foundation Mending Broken Hearts appeal.

A SPALDING restaurateur who has launched a campaign to raise money for the British Heart Foundation is using Mother’s Day to boost funds.

Joe Cifaldi, who runs Joe’s Restaurant with wife Kay, is backing the charity’s Mending Broken Hearts Appeal.

Over the last few weeks the couple have been donating ten per cent of every Monday night’s takings to the appeal and the staff have given any tips taken on the night.

They have now decided to donated £10 for every mother who eats at the restaurant on Mother’s Day and as a special treat each mum on a table of four will eat for free.

Joe decided to back the appeal after seeing the television advert and thanks to Baytree Nurseries Garden Centre at Weston, he has a tank with 20 zebra fish in the restaurant.

The BHF is a charity which really means something to Joe who has been through a quadruple heart bypass, has had two stents put in to help prevent his arteries from becoming narrowed and is awaiting more treatment. He said: “We want to run the campaign for a year and raise as much as we can.”

It got off to a great start thanks to Richard Wells, of Univeg, who donated £1,000. Mr Wells also gave £1,000 to Spalding and Holbeach Macmillan Cancer Support.

The British Heart Foundation needs to raise £50m for the appeal which is working on ground-breaking research.

The zebra fish can repair its own heart and is already providing scientists with vital clues about how our own human hearts could be repaired too.