Washington chippy’s Sunday opening in memory of grandmother

Palwinder and Naomi Singh with a box of Fish and chips.  Picture by FRANK REID
Palwinder and Naomi Singh with a box of Fish and chips. Picture by FRANK REID
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Staff at a popular fish and chip shop in Washington are planning to open its doors on their day off this weekend to raise money for charity.

Sunday marks the first anniversary of the death of Palwinder Singh’s mother Surjit Kaur, 74, who suffered from a brain tumour.

(front) Palwinder and Naomi Singh with their daughters Myah (left) and Jiya along with (holding fish and chips) Michelle Robson and James Harwood as fellow staff (rear left to right) Sarah Smith, Matty Cornwell and Kerry Boland look on.  Picture by FRANK REID

(front) Palwinder and Naomi Singh with their daughters Myah (left) and Jiya along with (holding fish and chips) Michelle Robson and James Harwood as fellow staff (rear left to right) Sarah Smith, Matty Cornwell and Kerry Boland look on. Picture by FRANK REID

Now Palwinder, 35, and his wife Naomi, 33, are planning a fundraiser at Donwell Chippy, which they took over last September after many years of working there together.

Mother-of-four Naomi, came up with the idea of opening up on their usual day off, this Sunday, to raise money for Cancer Research UK, in memory of Mrs Kaur.

She said: “We are doing this because our mum recently passed away on this date, one year ago, and we thought it would be nice for the local community and ourselves to contribute to her memory somehow.️

“I suggested to Pal that we’d do something, we thought about donating fish and chips to care home residents.

We are doing this because our mum recently passed away on this date, one year ago, and we thought it would be nice for the local community and ourselves to contribute to her memory somehow

Naomi Singh

“Then my husband suggested opening the shop and letting the proceeds go to a proper charity instead.

“When we told our staff about it they volunteered to work for free on their day off.”

Hard-working Mrs Kaur lived on a farm in India, where she had looked after the animals since she was just 10 years old, only retiring a year before her death.

Naomi said: “She was a lovely woman, very homely.

“She had five children and did everything for them. She was a traditional Indian woman. She worked until she was 73, looking after the animals on the farm.

“She came over here a year ago, and spent 12 weeks in the UK and got to meet the grandchildren, which was lovely.”

Donwell Chippy, in Durham Avenue, will be open from noon until 3pm this Sunday.