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Full of beans for Joe’s big mission

Blackpool entrepreneur Stephen Pierre''s latest venture is the Galleon Coffee Bar on Topping Street, which was officially opened today by Cerebral Palsy sufferer Joe Knowles from Bispham. The cafe's opening day was dedicated to Joe's fundraising appeal for a life-changing operation.
Interior of the bar showing a selection of the entertainment memorabilia.  PIC BY ROB LOCK
5-4-2014

Blackpool entrepreneur Stephen Pierre''s latest venture is the Galleon Coffee Bar on Topping Street, which was officially opened today by Cerebral Palsy sufferer Joe Knowles from Bispham. The cafe's opening day was dedicated to Joe's fundraising appeal for a life-changing operation. Interior of the bar showing a selection of the entertainment memorabilia. PIC BY ROB LOCK 5-4-2014

The owner of a nostalgia-themed Blackpool coffee shop is donating 10p from every cup to the ‘Joe’s Dream to Walk’ appeal.

Stephen Pierre, 42, who runs The Galleon coffee shop on Topping Street, has also sponsored 20,000 appeal leaflets.

Mr Pierre says he is delighted to be supporting the appeal to fund an operation to help four-year-old Joe Knowles, from Bispham, walk for the first time.

He is friends with Joe’s father and is also raising money at The Galleon Bar on Abingdon Street.

Joe, who has cerebral palsy, needs £38,000 for the operation.

The Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy procedure would involve a surgeon cutting around two thirds of the nerves leading to Joe’s legs. This would prevent the stiffness which keeps him from walking without support.

Mr Pierre, who performed on the West End stage in London for several years, said: “He’s a lovely little lad and I want to do everything I can to help.

“I’m also organising a Grand Cabaret at Cleveleys Royal British Legion on April 11. I’ll be singing and presenting the event.”

The coffee shop is open from 7am to 7pm. To make a donation text joes57 to 70070.

 

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