We recently put a press release out about our charitable stuff… not because we want to boast but because we know we have customers who regularly donate 5p for one of our luxury plastic forks, or for a carrier bag to take their food home! It just might be that some folk doubt it… surely not!
Thank you certificate from The Fishermen’s Mission
Bev Gee accepting £100 for the swimming pool from Jo Hampson
Dawn Keeling of Shap Chippy donating £100 to Second Chance
Anyway – the story is below… But before that I should mention that as well as supporting charities on our Shap doorstep we also support the fishermen without whom fish and chips would be, well, just chips!
For the past two years our staff have donated all tips received on National Fish and Chip Day to the Fishermen’s Mission and we have matched the donations (you didn’t need to be quite so generous!) Whilst on the subject of tips they were in the news last year – here at Shap Chippy all tips are added together and at the end of each month divided up between ALL the employees (not owners!) based on how many hours they each work.
So to forks….
The Second Chance charity shop is at the heart of Shap Community Enterprise, a charity raising funds for community groups. By the end of 2016 nearly £30,000 had been paid out. When the shop opened next door to Shap Chippy a couple of years ago the owners of the Chippy were delighted to be able to help out with the signage. Co-owner of the Chippy Georgina Perkins said “Since then the Second Chance shop has been such a success, raising funds for so many local good causes – Shap School, the bus service, scouts, cubs and beavers, the cricket and bowling clubs – to name but a few! We have customers who come to Shap for a day out – a morning in the shop browsing the amazing selection of goods for sale then joining us for lunch – often showing off their purchases! We saw an opportunity to reduce the use of plastic carriers and to continually support our village by charging for bags.” This week volunteers in the charity shop accepted £100 from the supply of carriers bags at Shap Chippy.
The Chippy also supports the local swimming pool. For several years, as well as providing free wooden chip forks, blue plastic “luxury” forks have been available for 5p, and all the money taken for them is given to Shap Open Air Swimming Pool. “We are very proud of our swimming pool in Shap and it’s great to know we are doing something to help keep local people active” said Georgina. “The latest donation of £100 brings the total given to £350 – that’s a lot of luxury forks!”
So, a big THANK YOU to all users of our blue forks and carrier bags, and to those who gave so generously on National Fish and Chip Day.
Newbiggin Seniors all Smiles at Shap Chippy
We were delighted to welcome Newbiggin Seniors to the Chippy last week – they filled the restaurant with a happy buzz!
Many thanks to you and your staff for the lunch today.
Everyone has said how much they enjoyed it.
We would love to do it again sometime.
Ann & Gordon”
If you have a group of up to 25 people that you think would enjoy a visit, please get in touch to arrange a visit! 01931 716060
A special thank you letter
A local lad likes Shap Chippy – and we like him!
Thank you Ethan – we really appreciate you taking the time to write.
My favourite line in the article is the last one: “The trip ended with a delicious meal at the fish and chip shop in Shap, which the volunteers agreed lived up to its reputation as being one of the best in the county.”
Eden Rivers Trust Xmas Lunch