A COTTON tail has had an happy ending.
A cinema-goer who helped himself to chocolate meant for a charity raffle, has apologised after the behaviour was slammed on social media.
The man returned to the Everyman Cinema in Stratford – where the fundraiser for Stratford Foodbank is being held – to replace the chocolate and donate £20.
Two Beatrix Potter toys were also taken from the display, but have been replaced by even more teddies from the Timeless Tales shop in Stratford – from where they were originally donated.
The raffle was organised after foodbank volunteer Philip Caldicott came up with the idea to auction off his Peter Rabbit teddy following the release of the new movie about the beloved children’s character.
A foodbank spokesperson said: “Fundraisers like this are very important to the foodbank as they help cover essential overheads such as power, water, shelving and transportation.
“The initial problem of prizes ‘going walkies’ is not typical of the kindness we usually encounter – the people of Stratford are normally hugely generous and responsive to our requests.
“We are so grateful to our volunteer Phil Coldicott and the Everyman Cinema for all that they have done in setting up this raffle and we hope that people will continue to buy tickets for the remaining prizes.”
So far the raffle has raised £400 before the prize draw on Monday March 26.