Wensleydale hotel raises £1,200 for charity with ‘secret’ fish and chip takeaway

Nick Miles (Jimmy King from Emmerdale) collects his fish and chips from Wensleydale Heifer receptionist Dee Smith.

A Wensleydale hotel has raised more than £1,200 for local charities through a secret fish and chips takeaway.

The Wensleydale Heifer in West Witton, has been closed due to the COVID-19 outbreak like other restaurants.

Head Chef Craig Keenan suggested to father and son owners of the Heifer, Lewis and David Moss, that the Heifer could hold a charity fundraising event which could benefit local care charities.

David said: “Two of our team have been doing their bit locally for the villagers of West Witton and people working in care throughout the local area.

“Our pastry chef Krissy has been baking biscuits and cakes and delivering them to people in the village and a local care home and our receptionist Lotti handmakes soaps which she has been donating free of charge to local care homes and doctors.

“Our head chef Craig wanted to do something too and we thought it was a great idea.

“The support we get from the local community is just immense and we wanted to give something back. So we decided to hold a ‘secret’ fish and chips takeaway, for one night only and only for villagers to make sure we could do this as safely and responsibly as possible.

“We posted a leaflet through the door of all houses in West Witton inviting them to order fish and chips which they could collect from us – in a social distancing friendly way of course!

“We were overwhelmed by the response and we’re delighted to have raised more than £1,200 which we are giving away to local care charities.”

David said: “We’re usually very busy and love meeting our guests who travel from all over the UK to come and visit us.

“It’s been really difficult being closed. It was fantastic to get busy in the kitchen again and to raise money for a range of really good causes.

“We’d like to thank everyone for their support, including our loyal and fantastic team who volunteered to help out.”

One of the lucky villagers will be recognisable to fans of Emmerdale – Nick Miles, who plays Jimmy King in the soap, was one of the Heifer’s customers for the secret fish and chips. [kofi]