A community has come together to help the owners of a corner shop whose entire stock of chocolate melted.
Ellis Stores in Scunthorpe lost about £1,000 worth of goods after its air conditioning failed to cope during the recent heatwave.
An online appeal by Claire York, the daughter of the shop’s owners Stephen and Linda Ellis, has raised more than £450 to replace the lost sweets.
Ms York said her parents were “so, so grateful” for the donations.
“My mum has just cried,” she said.
“For the whole week she just cried every time anybody’s given any money, anybody’s done anything.”
The couple have run the independent shop on Cottage Beck Road for more than 24 years.
Ms York said the due to excesses and the rise in insurance premiums it was not worth making a claim.
“My mum was literally ready to pack in, shut the door and just leave it all, bless her,” she said.
“They’ve had a really tough couple of years with price rises and everything else, so this was like the tip of the iceberg really.”
One regular customer said the couple “do a great job with the community and the shop”.
“Everybody knows them,” he said.
“I think it’s great that they’ve put some money forward to help them when they lost the chocolate.”