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Pizza shop owner launches fundraising campaign for family of murdered schoolgirl Mylee

By Megan Archer | Brownhills | News | Published:

A pizza shop in Walsall will be donating £1 from every delivery to the family of murdered eight-year-old schoolgirl Mylee Billingham.

Napoli's Pizza Shop in Chasetown, Burntwood will be running the fundraising scheme for one month from today (Thursday) with shop owner Abdul Javad taking £1 from his own pocket for every delivery ordered during that time.

Abdul, 36, said: "It's tragic what has happened and we would like to help the family anyway we can at this sad time.

"As much as money can never change the situation, we hope it will help the family with financial pressures."

The idea was dreamed up by friend and colleague 45-year-old Raf. He lives nearby to where Mylee used to, with his six-year-old daughter Rafia.

The father, who lives in Burntwood, said: "It hit me hard. It's bad enough that it's such a tragedy but when you have a daughter around the same age it hits you more. We went to put down flowers. You almost put yourself in that position. It must be really hard for her mum.

"Abdul has daughters too, age 12 and 6, so it really affected him too."

The High Street delivery store have set up a collection pot inside the shop and will also be giving out ribbons.

Raf added: "This will all come out of Abdul's pocket, people won't be paying £1 extra. For example, we had two delivery drivers on the Monday this week, and did 80 deliveries. So that would have been £80 that day."

Mylee Billingham died on January 20 after being stabbed to death at a home in Brownhills. Her father, William Billingham, was charged with her murder earlier this month.

Megan Archer

By Megan Archer
Deputy Chief Reporter - @MeganA_Star

Deputy Chief Reporter with the Express & Star. Give me a call on 01902 319363 or email megan.archer@expressandstar.co.uk.

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