Tasty donations making a real difference to charity

A tasty partnership has helped benefit women and children living in refuges and safe housing.

Pan-Asian restaurant Chop and Wok have been donating 20 meals each week to Women's refuge charity the Haven. (L to R) Chop and Wok owner Saleem Deen and senior community fundraiser Hayley Powell
Pan-Asian restaurant Chop and Wok have been donating 20 meals each week to Women's refuge charity the Haven. (L to R) Chop and Wok owner Saleem Deen and senior community fundraiser Hayley Powell

Pan-Asian noodle bar Chop and Wok Wolverhampton is working in partnership with the Haven, which supports women and children vulnerable to domestic abuse and homelessness across the city.

Chop and Wok have been donating 20 noodle boxes each week, half vegetable-based and the other half meat-based, as well as portions of prawn crackers and bottles of water.

Saleem Deen, owner and general manager of the restaurant, said he had been looking to support a local charity and spoke about what made him choose the Haven.

He said: “We just wanted to give back to the community and thought they were the perfect charity to work with as they do such incredible work to support vulnerable women and children.

“More than ever, we will need charities such as these to help people in their communities, so it’s nice to be able to support them.

Gesture

“We hope our small weekly food donation can bring a smile and a moment of joy to those experiencing real hardship in the local community.”

The relationship began two months ago and Mr Deen said he intended to keep it going during lockdown and beyond.

Hayley Powell, who is a senior community fundraiser at the Haven, said the charity was grateful to Mr Deen for his generous donations and spoke about what it meant to the women in the charity’s care from across the area.

She said: “It’s incredible as the women and children we support either have very little or no money at all, so something like a takeaway is not really achievable for them.

“For them to have this weekly treat is great and when they come together, they all sit down and enjoy what is a really nice gesture.

“We do not normally get gestures like this, especially not offers of hot food, so we can’t thank Saleem and his business enough for what they do for us.”

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