BONFIRE Night may have been and gone – but a Sheffield chip shop owner is still asking for pennies for the Guy!
Brett O’Brien, who runs Brett’s Traditional Fish and Chip Shop on Jaunty Way, Base Green, made a seven-foot Guy Fawkes for Bonfire Night, which he placed outside his shop to raise money for forces charity Help For Heroes.
Brett now hopes to collect even more cash for the cause by auctioning the model on eBay, where he hopes it will be snapped up by a school, theatre group or collector.
The Guy, made from papier-mâché and cardboard and supported by a wooden frame, took four weeks to make and was a hit with customers.
“They loved it. It brought a bit of character to the shop,” said Brett, aged 39. “I got a lot of enjoyment out of making it, and was quite impressed with it when it was finished.
“It’s coated in black masonry paint so stood up well to the weather. It’s a good opportunity for someone to acquire something like this.”
Brett, who works in the shop with wife Beverley, 37, and Andrea Allen, 39, said: “We’ve got customers’ sons and daughters who are out there in the Armed Forces. I hope to raise as much as possible.”
Around £100 has been raised from loose change and the shop donated 25p from each scallop potato patty sold.
The shop has raised money for Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice, and next month will raise funds for Sheffield Children’s Hospital.
“I’m planning on building a big Father Christmas,” Brett said.
n Visit http://tinyurl.com/brg66ak to bid for the model.