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Petts Wood 'chippy' raising funds for local school projects

PUBLISHED: 13:56 07 November 2013 | UPDATED: 14:07 07 November 2013

Andy Pybus, owner of The Village Fish and Chips.

Andy Pybus, owner of The Village Fish and Chips.

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A Petts Wood restaurant is donating cash to three local schools for every portion of fish and chips served this month.

The Village Fish and Chips has each school's project advertised for customers to make their decision.The Village Fish and Chips has each school's project advertised for customers to make their decision.

The Village Fish and Chips, in Petts Wood Road, will give a token to every customer worth up to 50p with their meal.

Chip lovers must then decide whether to donate their contribution to Leesons Primary School, in Leesons Hill, Orpington, Poverest Primary School, in Tillingbourne Green, St Mary Cray or Princes Plain Primary School, in Church Lane, Bromley.

Each school has a project that they hope will be part funded by the cash raised, ranging from a new reception area for autistic students to a dome that will allow students to play during rainy lunchtimes.

Serena Pybus, who owns The Village Fish and Chips with her husband Andy, said: “One of the parents from a local nursery came in and was speaking about how schools don’t have any money.

“Our footfall has great recently, so we thought we could give something back to everyone who comes in.”

A former pupil at Princes Plain Primary, Serena is hoping to raise around £2,000 this month for the three schools.

Customers can read each school’s plans in the restaurant, where there are three separate boxes for tokens.

Poverest Primary School has taken an early lead since the promotion started on Monday.

Headteacher Mrs Weeks said: “Serena approached us with the idea and we loved it.

“The children wrote their own little blurb for the collection box. The thing that’s nice is that we can link with a local business.”

Pupils are doing all they can to help their school win, with one Leesons Primary pupil set to have her birthday party at the restaurant.

Serena added: “Some of the customers that come in might not have kids, but have like a particular cause and donated their token. We’re hoping to present the schools with a big cheque when it’s all finished.”

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