Chip shop opens for special evening of fund-raising.

WORKERS at a Barnstaple fish and chip shop will be putting in a very special shift on Monday – on their day off.

The team at the Whiddon Valley Fryer will be forgoing their rest day to cook up support for the North Devon Chemotherapy Appeal.

Owners Cheryl and Bruce Dimelow will be giving all the money taken on the night to the appeal to build a dedicated unit and day treatment centre at North Devon District Hospital.

Cheryl said: “We don’t usually open on a Monday night but wanted to do something for the appeal.

“Some of my suppliers have said that they will supply free fish and potatoes and the staff have agreed to work for free on the night.

“We are doing it on a Monday night instead of a normal working night because of the VAT regulations – this way we can ensure that everything that goes through the till on the night will go to the appeal.”

Customers are invited to come in for their supper between 5-8.30pm. The fund-raiser also includes other items on the menu such as pies and sausages.

The shop is also holding a raffle on the night, with pub meals and a visit to the Sea King Search and Rescue base at Chivenor among the prizes up for grabs.

“Members of our family have been affected by cancer and have had to travel to Exeter which is not nice,” added Cheryl, who used to work for a pharmaceutical company.

“I’ve seen a lot of chemo units across the South West and Barnstaple’s needs upgrading.”