The manager of a convenience store where a staff member was struck with an axe by robbers said he has been 'moved and encouraged' by community support.

Harpal, the owner of the Londis store on Bois Lane in Chesham Bois, was hit by an axe during a violent robbery on the evening of Thursday, February 22.

He was admitted to the hospital with serious injuries but Londis store manager Markus Green told the Free Press today (February 25) that he is "out of immediate danger" and "on the road to recovery".

Markus also commented on a fundraising page set up by members of the Amersham and Chesham Bois community that has massively exceeded its initial £500 target and raised nearly £5,000 for Harpal in a heart-warming show of support after his terrifying experience.

He said: "Harpal doesn't know about (the fundraiser) yet, but we told his wife today. We're overwhelmed and slightly embarrassed by the amount of support - we wouldn't want to be seen to be profiting from this, but I'm sure Harpal will use it in a useful way."

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Markus said he has also bought a book of comments for the store, which customers have already begun to fill up with messages of solidarity with Harpal after the terrifying incident.

He added that he appreciates the fundraiser is "not really about the money" but about people expressing their sympathy in any way that they can.

"We are moved and encouraged by this show of support from the community. People are showing that they care, and it's overwhelming but it's a great outcome."