Chip shop draw nets a big haul for ELF

Staff at The Pelican draw the raffle on Thursday night.

Staff at The Pelican draw the raffle on Thursday night. - Credit: Archant

Customers help raise more than £1,000 for leukaemia charity.

A RAFFLE for two fish and chip dinners at a Barnstaple chip shop has raised more than £1,000 for the Exeter Leukaemia Fund (ELF).

The outstanding response from customers at The Pelican in Sticklepath came after staff rallied in support of colleague Karen Gooding, whose father Graham Body, who was diagnosed with leukaemia in May this year.

Graham, 66, underwent treatment at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital but is now in remission.

Following the draw on Thursday night, Karen said: “The response from our customers has been fantastic. I can’t thank them all enough.

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“It was a devastating time for all of us, not only dealing with the shock of dad’s diagnosis but also having to deal with the gruelling treatment my he was about to undergo, made even more difficult by the fact he was going to be so far away from home.

“Thankfully Elf were there to help. They organised accommodation for my mum as she wanted to stay close by. They even arranged transport for her to and from the hospital. My brother and I were also able to stay close by when we could.

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“The staff were so helpful in many ways and they helped take some of the worry away from my dad and us during his stay at the hospital.”

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