Weymouth Chippy Shortlisted For Another Top Award
10:22am 24th October 2012
Alfs Fish And Chips in Weymouth is in the running to scoop another top award.
The shop on Lynch Road owned by John and Karen Pearce has been shortlisted in the Contribution to the Local Community category of the National Fish and Chip Awards, 2013.
John Pearce, owner of Alf's Fish & Chips said: "Having been in the fish and chips industry for 30 years, I find it incredibly important to give back to the local community.
"I work seven days a week because I love what I do and it makes my wife Karen and me happy when we can give something back to the people of Weymouth who have supported our business for all these years. However, there would be no way we could achieve what we do without the fantastic support from our suppliers.
"We like to do lots of different fundraising initiatives, especially at Christmas time. We feed our local pensioners and give them a small present. We also like to be part of the local Christmas carol service with The Salvation Army and local school kids - we make sure everyone gets a cup of tea and the kids get a present from Alf's, given to them by Santa, of course."
In 2011, Alf's Fish & Chips raised £25,000 for a wide range of causes and at the time of judging they were well on their way to matching their achievement this year.
Alf's often deliver fish and chips free of charge to the elderly population of Weymouth, offering a friendly ear to those in their community.
Paul Williams, CEO of the competition organisers Seafish said: "Each year we see fish and chip businesses across the UK become increasingly involved in their local community and supporting local events.
"This year, some of our regional winning fish and chip shops linked to recent awards took part in a Help for Heroes fundraiser to donate funds to the charity supporting British soldiers at home and stationed abroad.
"The extremely high calibre of entries this year has made the competition even more exciting and the judging panel found it very tough determining the final shortlist. However, the three finalists deserve to be recognised for their genuine contribution to local life and the goodness they bring to their community.
"The shops are judged on their approaches and contribution to supporting their local community and we were happy to also recognise the shortlisted shops for their effort in local projects."
John and Karen will find out in January next year if they've won.
The shop will now compete against Taylor's in Stockport and The Ashvale Fish Restaurant in Aberdeen at a glitzy evening awards ceremony in London on 24 January 2013 at the Lancaster London Hotel.