Katy Alston is owner of Pinks Vintage Ice Cream Vans and Pinks Parlour, Waterloo Square’, a stalwart Bognor Regis based local business, who have supported many a St Wilfrid’s summer event.
Katy said,” I was a registered nurse before I became Mrs Whippy and I’m still in groups with all my nurse friends. The majority of them are living in hotels, staying away from their families to protect them during this Coronavirus crisis.
We asked people for nominations on social media for key workers who deserved a little free ice cream and we were inundated. I went to the parlour and packaged up over 100 litres tubs of ice cream, all different flavours and, on Saturday (28 Mar) gave random flavours to everyone who had been nominated including St Wilfrid's.
We’ve always wanted to be a business which is part of the community, it’s just about doing the right thing.
We have a duty to spread some happiness throughout our community to the hardworking individuals putting their needs and families on the back burner in order to keep the country a float."
Elderly residents, living on their own, in particular welcomed the sweet surprise. Alison Brunnock, a community nurse specialist at St Wilfrid’s Hospice, has been unable to see her father, Neil Harris, 85, who is self-isolating alone at his home in Bognor. She said “It was ‘just so nice’ of Katy to deliver him ice cream and show that someone else was thinking of him. I deal with a lot of people who live on their own and I know how important this is."
If you would like to share some kindness with the hard working Hospice staff still delivering care out in the community through this crisis please visit stwh.co.uk/wilfcards to find out more.
(Picture courtesy of Goble Photography)