Foster children who were left without a venue for their Christmas party will have a meal and disco put on by Northampton Borough Council and the Hilton Hotel.
The Kinship Carers voluntary group had booked tables at Red Hot World Buffet in Sixfields for a meal for 100 children and carers on December 27, but the restaurant burned down on Wednesday night.
After putting out an appeal yesterday, the Chron was inundated with offers of help from Northamptonshire businesses.
Kinship Carers will now have a three course meal at the Hilton Hotel in Collingtree followed by a disco at the Guildhall and free fairground rides in the Market Square courtesy of John Greatorex.
Sandy Camberlain, a Kinship Carer volunteer, said: “The response has been overwhelming. Aside from the offers of venues, we’ve also had offers of cash donations towards the party, so I want to thank the Chron for their appeal.
“The children are going to be speechless. The whole idea of the party was to make some good memories at Christmas time for children who can’t be with their parents and to help them forget things for the day.
“This is going to be one of the best Christmases they have ever had because of this generosity.”
Other organisations that contacted the Chron to offer help were: Crisis Worldwide Couriers in Wellingborough, Pizza Hut in Sixfields, Red Hot World Buffet in Milton Keynes, The Maharaja in Wellingborough Road, Nandos in George Row, Hullabaloo children’s activity centre in Gladstone Road, The Harvester in Kettering, The Royal Bengal in Kettering, Bella Italia in Sixfields, The Royal Bengal in Bridge Street and Northampton Saints.
Councillor Brandon Eldred, who organised the entertainment on behalf of the borough council, said: “You can’t knock Northampton businesses. They always come to the fore when there’s a problem. The Christmas spirit they’ve shown has been just brilliant.”