MANDY Berry runs Mandy’s Kitchen cafe on The Hydneye roundabout, Hampden Park.

In fact, she bought it three weeks before the first Lockdown.

What she does now is so very kind – she operates a Pay It Forward scheme where customers purchase ‘an extra’ so that anyone struggling with the cost of living crisis can benefit.

Mandy said: “It really is as simple as it sounds – you come in, order your food and drink – and then you donate, either by buying an extra item or donating cash. That then goes on the board and it goes to someone who needs it in what are challenging times.

“Buying a kid’s meal is particularly popular. It would be great if every cafe did it because believe me it does make a difference to people in need.”

Mandy also works with the Eastbourne Foodbank who come to Hampden Park every Wednesday at The Gateway Centre on Lottbridge Drive. She gives Foodbank staff around ten of the meal tickets every week.

She said: “We are grateful to everyone who comes in, shows their kindness, and takes part in the Pay It Forward scheme.

“We need your help more than ever to replenish the tickets on our board. Up until now our customers have been great, and we need to keep up the momentum.”