Inspirational Norwich residents raise thousands for petrol-bombed Romanian food store


Norwich has proved an inspiration to us all after it raised thousands of pounds for an Eastern European food store that was petrol-bombed.

Residents woke up on Friday morning to the news that a brick had been thrown through the window of The Village Shop and a fire started.

Maria, who owns the shop, told the Eastern Daily Press: "I was terrified, I was shaking. We know someone did this on purpose but we haven't had any trouble in the past."

But Norwich has pulled together - a Just Giving page set up to raise money for the store has already raised more than £14,000, far more than its initial £500 target.

More than 1,200 people have donated, and messages of support have flooded the page, with some people offering more than cash.

Glyn Thomas wrote: "The people that run this shop are friendly and hard working. My wife, who is originally from Bucharest and I love the authentic Romanian food from there. Please contact us and we will donate our time, to help put the shop back in order by way of free labour."

Jon Christophers wrote: "My deepest sympathies to Maria, I'm a local musician and I'd like to offer to help raise some cash via a gig if it wouldn't be stepping on anyone's toes."

Comments on the Just Giving page.

Hats off Norwich, you've put a smile on our faces.