Fish restaurant chain serve up support for Torbay holidays charity despite pandemic lockdown

A fish restaurant chain has continued its support for a Torbay charity providing holidays for families in need.

Rockfish has presented a cheque for £4,145 to Torbay Holiday Helpers Network despite being shut during the Covid-19 lockdown.

The business, run by well-know celeb chef Mitch Tonks, has been supporting THHN for five years and during that time has raised £28,123 to give families with seriously ill children, bereaved families and those with terminally ill children or parents to make lasting memories.

THHN spokesman Martin Brook said: “Rockfish is a tremendous supporter of THHN and the money they have raised has helped so many families have the chance to make that special once in a lifetime memory.

“They have raised a staggering £28,123.

“It’s a little breathtaking to think of the amount of people who now have a cherished memory because of this.”

Rockfish has continued to support and pay out to all of their chosen charities despite the lockdown putting unprecedented pressure on many businesses including hospitality whose income disappeared for four months.”

Martin added: “Their efforts to take the time to help and support local charities and the community don’t go unnoticed.

“We feel privileged that they are supporting us as one of their chosen community charities.

“From all of us and all the families we thank them and wish them the best of luck on the reopening of their restaurants.”

Families coming Torbay on a THHN holiday have free entry and services from more than 100 businesses to enhance their holidays.

Thanks to very fundraisers THHN can also offer families who are in financial difficulty grants to cover their travelling expenses.

The charity was founded in 2009 by hotelier Luke Tillen who was inspired to offer a holiday to a deserving family.

He contacted other accommodation providers to see if they would be willing to offer free holidays and tourist attractions to offer free entry.

Since then, the charity has snowballed and now sends families from all across the UK on free holidays, not just to Torbay but to destinations across the country and abroad.