More than 100 foster children and their carers are appealing to Northampton businesses to help find a venue for their Christmas meal.
The Kinship Carers voluntary group had booked tables at Red Hot World Buffet in Sixfields for a meal on December 27, but the restaurant burned down last night.
The children, who live with relatives or family friends because of problems at home, are booked into accommodation in Northampton so would like a venue in town to take up the booking for the highlight of their year.
Sandy Chamberlain, a Kinship Carers volunteer, said: “I woke this morning to news that it has had a fire and burnt down, thankfully nobody was injured. However, trying to find somewhere else to accommodate this many is no mean feat.
“This will break so many hearts of children and adults alike.
“These children look forward to meeting each other to create new relationships and rejoin old ones, it offers a bit of respite for the grandparents, aunties, cousins who are raising these children that often have needs.
“It provides a opportunity to see these families laughing and enjoying themselves whilst on a day-to-day basis they have so many struggles. “Kinship children are not so numerous as foster children and so for most of the year they feel unusual.
“This event gives them a sense of belonging and that they are not so different as they often feel.”
Any business who thinks it can help can call Northampton 467033.