A Northampton fruit-seller has donated the first £500 from his latest business venture to a young people’s support charity.
Eamon Fitzpatrick, aged 64, recently launched a smoothie stall in Northampton Market Square in a bid to have “an adventure before dementia” and has already had huge success.
This morning, with the help of Labour’s Northampton North parliamentary candidate Sally Keeble, he handed over the £500 cheque to Lowdown, a Northampton based charity offering all kinds of support to young people aged up to 26.
Currently celebrating its 25th year, the charity has welcomed “Fitzy’s” smoothie launch as the first of a month of special events marking its milestone birthday.
The stall is being run by Mr Fitzpatrick’s assistant, 27-year-old economics graduate, Rocky Mamaril, who has generated large crowds around the stall since it opened.
He makes the fresh fruit drinks to order from seasonal local produce after researching favourite smoothie recipes amongst A-list celebrities.
He said: “The whole thing was Fitzy’s idea but it gives me a great first step into running my own business with zero risk, as we are already using the fruit he buys in, and he backs me up with everything.”
Mr Fitzpatrick, who has been running a fruit stall in Market Square for 52 years, said: “It’s always been hard work but I wanted to try something new and support a local charity. I couldn’t have done it without Rocky and he is a great salesman.”