Community support for lockdown shop heroes Kumar Velummylum, sons Udaesh and Rajeenth and wife Jamuna. Pictures: Ian Burt
Safer Summer Staycation
Safer Summer Staycation

A community has said a special thank you to a family whose coastal convenience store has proved a lifeline during lockdown.

 Run by Kumar and Jamuna Velummylum, the York Avenue store in Hunstanton has stayed open throughout the pandemic, sourcing essentials, delivering to self-isolating customers and keeping an eye on those in need.

Customers, friends and neighbours made a presentation last Saturday after raising more than £1,000 to treat the couple and their sons Rajeenth, 15, and Udaesh, 8.

Customer Chris Bishop said: “You’ve been a lifeline for our community over the last few months. You’ve sourced supplies, you’ve helped us keep tabs on vulnerable neighbours, you’ve delivered to people in lockdown and I know you’ve supported needy customers in other ways. 

“This is all despite the fact that Asian people are more at risk of serious complications if they do contract coronavirus.

“I take my hat off to you for that, I truly do. You’re brave people who have been our unsung heroes throughout this, so we just thought we’d turn up tonight to say thanks.”

Mr Velummylum said: “We appreciate it, we really do. We’ve just all tried to stick together and help one another.”