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Public raise £2k for teen who worked in shop for 10 weeks before being told it was 'unpaid internship'

Jay El-Leboudy was told he would not be paid for 10 weeks work. Credit: Go Fund Me

Kind-hearted well-wishers have raised more than £2,000 for a 15-year-old boy who worked in a Londis for 10 weeks before being told it was an "unpaid internship".

Jay El-Leboudy started working at the Canterbury store in the summer so he could save up some money to buy Christmas presents.

But when he asked for his wages he was told he was only there on work experience and would not receive any extra money.

His mother Zoe Buckwell said the store owners had been family friends and they had an arrangement he would work there if his trial week went well.

But the owners, who did not want to be identified, said that as Jay was only 15 and did not yet have a national insurance number he could not be paid.

The Londis store in Canterbury where Jay was working for two nights a week. Credit: Google Street View

Jay's story has since gone viral after his mum posted on the Canterbury Residents Page on Facebook.

She later set up a fundraising page to "help lift his spirits and remind him of the good people out there by donating a small amount to his Christmas fund".

The Go Fund Me page has raised over £2,000 since it was set up a week ago.

Zoe thanked people for their kindness and said Jay would be using the money to buy Christmas presents for children at Great Ormond Street Hospital.

She wrote: "This hospital is close to our hearts because they changed his life as a baby.

"He will also be donating to Catching Lives, a local homeless charity in Canterbury. Thank you again for all your kindness."