A selfless shop owner has been surprised with a book hand made by his community after he was isolated from his family because of the coronavirus lockdown.
Loughborough shop owner, Pritpal Dale, self-isolated away from his wife and children in a flat above his shop so he could continue serving customers during lockdown. During the ‘clap for key workers’ on a Thursday evening, the customers in his community gave him a book “full of thank you messages”.
Pritpal said he was “choked up” but insisted he was just doing his job.
Mr Dale, who works at Toothill Convenience Store, said he had also been delivering people’s shopping and helping them to pay their bills during the COVID19 pandemic.
He said: “I came out to clap as we do and then one of the residents came over and said ‘this clap is for you’. I was presented with a scrapbook full of thank you messages. I was choked up and lost for words. It was very humbling and still overwhelming.”
The community-minded man moved into the flat above the shop on 24th of March to keep himself away from his wife Barinder, and their children Karam and Ishar, as well as his elderly mother, while he was in daily contact with the general public.
“Not being able to hug or kiss my kids is getting to me, as a parent it’s your natural instinct,” he said, “It’s horrible. I can’t describe it.”
Community member John Dimmick designed the book, and explained: “Paul has been an absolute hero. He’s the hub of the area while having to isolate himself from his family during lockdown.”