A BARNSTAPLE chip shop has come up with a great idea to cut down on plastic bags and help support the North Devon Hospice at the same time. Mark and Alison Dimelow of the Whiddon Fryer read all about the damage throw-away bags do to the environment a

A BARNSTAPLE chip shop has come up with a great idea to cut down on plastic bags and help support the North Devon Hospice at the same time.Mark and Alison Dimelow of the Whiddon Fryer read all about the damage throw-away bags do to the environment and decided to donate 1p to the hospice for every customer who decides not to use one to take their food home. The couple have prepared bags of pennies on the counter, ready to start donating as people refuse the plastic bags."Years ago people used to go to the shops with their shopping bags and used the same bag every time," said Mark. "It's about time we all started to do what our parents used to do."If everyone stops asking for plastic bags at the Whiddon Fryer the pennies will soon add up," added Alison. Hospice community fund raiser Ali Hunt said: "Donating instead of using plastic bags is a great idea. We hope everyone will get behind Mark and Alison and if there are any other local businesses that would like to join in this great initiative, please call the hospice on (01271) 344248."n North Devon Hospice has produced a reusable "bag for life", available from Hospice shops for just £1.99.