CROWDFUND RAISES MORE THAN £6,000 FOR FAMILY OF COVID-19 VICTIM – Tributes paid to Kumar of Freshgo store on Gipsy Hill…and to cafe owner who loses cancer battle

An appeal on to raise £500  to help the family of Covid-19 victim Kumar, who worked for years at Freshgo store Gipsy Hill has smashed its target raising more than £6,000. 

The appeal on launched by Siobhann Carolan says: Kumar worked tirelessly for years at Freshgo and was liked by all the customers. He was always helpful, cheerful and considerate at any time of the day or night. The funds raised will go directly to his family to help them through this truly difficult time.

In an update Siohann says:

Hello all you lovely charitable people. We have now passed £6000! Kumar’s family have asked me to pass on their sincere thanks for all your messages which have really helped them through this awful time. Stay well all of you. Siobhann

Comments on the JustGiving page include:

Kumar. We just can’t believe you are gone. You made it a point to know my name and am happy to call you my friend.

Many condolences. This is such a wonderful store and it’s heartbreaking this should have happened.

Condolences to his family. Kumar was a true gentleman. May his soul rest in peace.

(This morning the appeal stood at 6,781 donated by 341 people.)


Ahmet Rashit, owner of Alistair’s cafe on Westow Street has passed away following a long battle against cancer.

In a tribute posted in the cafe’s window the family say: “Mr Rashit will be sorely missed and happily remembered. “We thank God for allowing him to fight for so long and for blessing us all with having him in  our lives.”

Mr Rashit died on March 15th following “a long and valiant odds-defying fight against cancer”, the family’s tribute adds.


Norwood Action Group have paid tribute to Bob King who died from the virus on Saturday April 25th. 

“Many of you will know Bob who with wife Jean have been enormous contributors to the community for decades” say the group.  Bob and Jean have actively supported NAG since its inception 22 years ago, and other groups too.  “A lovely couple, both very positive, transmitting a lot of love for the community.  Sensible and down to earth.  Salt of the earth.  Good people.  We are grateful and proud of them, and commemorate Bob sincerely.” (Source: Norwood Action Group newsltter)

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