Serving up a fishy fundraising treat to help Sam’s Mission

HELPING HANDS Sally Johnson, Konor Miah and wife Sanjida Miah. Picture: Paul Jacobs  (13766-1)

HELPING HANDS Sally Johnson, Konor Miah and wife Sanjida Miah. Picture: Paul Jacobs (13766-1)

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WHEN the chips are down, this takeaway manager decided he would fry up some help.

Konor Miah runs the Banks Fish and Chip shop, in London Road, Cowplain.

As previously reported, the family of Sam John need to raise at least £100,000 for life-saving treatment in America.

The 16-year-old, of Albert Road, Fareham, needs to have proton beam therapy in America, to slow down the growth of an inoperable brain tumour.

The family is waiting to see if Sam’s treatment will be paid for by the NHS.

If unsuccessful, then the family is determined to raise the £100,000 to £200,000 needed for the 10-week treatment in Florida.

Usually Mr Miah keeps his chip shop closed on a Sunday.

But after reading about the plight of Sam, in The News, the chip shop owner wanted to do his part to help reach a fundraising target.

This Sunday he will open the store for nine hours, with all proceeds going to the John family.

He said: ‘On Sundays were are normally closed.

‘After reading Sam’s story I wanted to do something to help raise money.

‘Then I had the idea to open the shop on Sunday, with all money raised going to the family.

‘I thought there’s no point in doing it light-heartedly.

‘I want to thank my staff in advance as well, as they are volunteering on the day to work.’

Since The News ran the story a week ago, the Johns have been inundated with help and have already raised about £12,000.

Dad Steve, 44, said: ‘We really have been overwhelmed by the support we have received.

‘It’s taking us a while to get through it all.

‘We want to say thank you to Mr Miah for opening his chip shop for us.

‘Now we want to ask people to get behind the fundraisers.

‘We would love to see people support Mr Miah and his staff.’

The shop will be open this Sunday from noon to 9pm. And a second chip shop will also be helping raise money.

Whistler’s, in Station Road, Hayling Island, will sell chips for £1 on St George’s Day.

Co-owner Rana Denholm said that customers are then requested to donate the rest of the money that would be spent on food, to Sam’s appeal.

She said: ‘We read Sam’s story, and as a community chip shop, thought we should help.’

HOW TO HELP

DONATIONS can be made online through the Paypal account admin@thinkingshrinking.co.uk.

And they can also be made through LloydsTSB in Fareham, the account name is Mission for Sam, sort code 30-93-17 and account number 47629968.

There is also a website with more information at thinkingshrinking.co.uk.

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