Wetherspoons fan, 34, raises nearly £2,000 for Teenage Cancer Trust by selling mini TAPE MEASURES to examine pub chips
- Mart Lambert started a ‘mini factory’ in north London with his mother Sylvia
- The 34-year-old has already sold 2,500 of the devices on eBay across the world
- He’s donating 15% of profits to charity in memory of his brother who died in 1999
A Wetherspoons fan has raised nearly £2,000 for charity selling mini tape measures to examine pub chips.
Mart Lambert started what he describes as a mini factory in north London with his mother Sylvia, and has sold 2,500 of the devices on eBay across the world.
The 34-year-old is donating 15 per cent of the profits to the Teenage Cancer Trust, in memory of his brother John who died in 1999.
He jumped on the popularity of the ‘Wetherspoons Paltry Chip Count’ Facebook group Count, which rose to fame last October for customers to count and measure their fries.
Mart has been selling the small tape measures for £3 and £4.50 each and said: ‘It has been an amazing experience with lots of kind messages from all.
‘If these little things can make a little smile on someone’s face or a chuckle at your local spoons it makes the whole world a little brighter.’
Mart Lambert has raised nearly £2,000 for charity selling mini tape measures to examine pub chips
He started what he describes as a ‘mini factory’ in north London with his mother Sylvia, and has sold 2,500 of the devices on eBay across the world
The 34-year-old is donating 15 per cent of the profits to the Teenage Cancer Trust, in memory of his brother John who died in 1999
Mart has been selling the small tape measures for £3 and £4.50 each
Mart first thought up as a gag gift for his pub mates and at one point he sold 105 in a single hour.
He has shipped them to Finland, Sweden, America and Australia, buying 500 at a time after he ran his first supplier dry.
He said that she was moved to tears as money collected went in tribute to his brother.
As he works night shifts, all parcels were posted to his parents’ house, who jumped to help him when he faced an unprecedented backlog of orders.
He said: ‘At one point because the little post box at the end of the road was over flowing with chip measures.
‘Mother Lambert waited for the postman to arrive and gave him a sack nearly overflowing with measures.’
He has now sold enough measures to reach his £2,000 a year target.
Less than one per cent of his 2,844 reviews on eBay were negative, with 52 people still viewing the tape measure daily.
The measure features a sticker showing the classic Wetherspoons ‘Vintage Print Prague Victorian Calico’ design, seen on their plates across the country.
Daniel Lee Rhodes said: ‘Mine has been ordered. I can’t wait to measure the size of the most delicious and delicate chips one has to offer at my local spoons.’
Lisa Burnham joked: ‘I’ve ordered one so I’m prepared for my next chip expedition.’
Dan Southgate said: ‘Fantastic work for a great cause. I’m excitedly waiting for the two I’ve ordered.’
Sam Land added: ‘One day this page will be forgotten about. I’ve brought one for the memories. Might have to hand it down through the generations.’