Doncaster chip shop comes to aid of town’s homeless

The staff at Harry's Fish Bar with their goodies for the homeless.
The staff at Harry's Fish Bar with their goodies for the homeless.
  • Chip shop dishes out free food to homeless
  • Staff at Harry’s spurred into action
  • Chippy will be at Market Place every week

The chips were certainly down for homeless people in Doncaster - thanks to big-hearted staff at a local fish and chip shop.

For staff at Dunsville based Harry’s Fish Bar descended on Doncaster town centre to dish out free helpings of chips to those in need.

Manager Elena Raouna and her staff were moved into action after receiving a plea from a local group, Helping Doncaster’s Most Vulnerable, an organisation dedicated to helping the homeless, asking if they could provide assistance.

Said Elena: “We had a message on Facebook to our page asking if we could donate any cartons.
“After looking more into what organisers Mel and Andy Firth do, we decided to take it a step further, and take a visit ourselves.”

So Elena and her colleagues descended on Doncaster market place with free chips to dish out to the homeless who gather there at 6pm every Wednesday to be given help and assistance as well as meals, drinks and blankets.

She said: “It was a real eye opener and I can’t believe in this day and age people are homeless.

“I wish there was more we could do to help them. I just would like to see more helping hands. Or if people when they see someone on the street, can inform them of what is happening.”

Elena and fellow staff members Adele Heeley and Amy Topliss along with Adele’s daughter Kaitlin went along to the 6pm gathering with chips and battered sausages, trays, forks cartons and drinks.

She said: “Every single homeless person that came to us said please and thank you and couldn’t be more appreciative.”

“They were so grateful and we will now be going every single week.”

It was a real eye opener and I can’t believe people in this day and age are homeless

Elena Raouna

She added: “One man told me he would appreciate any food, even biscuits to eat when he wakes up hungry. Another man asked for any jacket or coat as its very cold at night.”

“It costs nothing to help someone else. We are a community and should come together. We are all only a pay cheque away from possibly being in the same boat.”