Kind hearted shopkeepers made Christmas in Battersea less lonely for some
Published: Friday 26th January 18
Two kind-hearted Battersea shopkeepers were guests of honour of the Mayor of Wandsworth last week in recognition of the “tremendous community spirit” they showed local people at Christmas.
Husband and wife Vijay and Pallavi Thumar were honoured by the Mayor Cllr Leslie McDonnell for their efforts to support and befriend lonely people in Battersea over the festive period.
The Mayor offered his thanks to Mr and Mrs Thumar
The couple placed a notice in the front window of their shop Lavender Grocers and Off-Licence in Lavender Hill inviting people to come in and share some festive cheer. The message was aimed primarily at people who spend Christmas alone.
It read: “If you’re alone today then please come in to say hello over some mince pies. Merry Christmas. PS you don’t have to buy anything. So please come in.”
This generous and thoughtful gesture was praised by local people living in the area and prompted Cllr McDonnell to invite the couple to the town hall as guests of honour.
The Mayor said: “This was a kind and wonderful gesture by Mr and Mrs Thumar that has touched the hearts of many in our community. It is this kind of friendly good deed that makes Wandsworth such a great place to live and we wanted to make sure we recognised their kindness and generosity.
“Of course Christmas can be a lonely time for some, but good-hearted people like Mr and Mrs Thumar show what a difference a simple gesture can make. They are a great example to us all.”
Mr Thumar who took over the shop some ten months ago from his uncle, who had run the business for 38 years, said: “My whole focus was to make people happy, offering soft drinks and free mince pies.
“Random people just came in and gave me Christmas cards. It made me proud.”