Team Lime Pickle
1417. Jay Alom
Jay Alom, from Birmingham, is the owner of award-winning ‘Lime Pickle’ Indian takeaway, which has donated over 1,000 free meals to NHS workers in local hospitals and care home residents and staff across the city during lockdown.
Jay has long been a supporter of his local community, formerly donating the prize money he received from winning at the British Takeaway Awards (pictured above, on the left, alongside chef Ainsley Harriott) to provide shelter, food and warm clothing for local homeless people, and wanted to continue to help those in need during the coronavirus outbreak, particularly whilst the takeaway restaurant was closed for business.
In a personal letter to Jay, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said:
“I wanted to write personally to thank you for your wonderful generosity in donating more than a thousand meals to support the extraordinary men and women working in our NHS and care homes, as well as care home residents themselves.
“In the midst of our battle with Coronavirus, you have not merely provided them with much needed sustenance, you have fortified them with sumptuous culinary delights that have seen Lime Pickle recognised as Britain’s Best Takeaway!
“You epitomise the very best of Britain for your commitment to your community and to those who care for it. So I am delighted to name you as the UK’s 1417th Point of Light, as part of this special series of awards to honour those who are serving others as we battle to defeat Coronavirus.”
“We are extremely humbled and honoured to win the Points of Light award. Community is at the heart of what we do. Community is everything to us. We wouldn’t be where we are today without the support of our customers. Alone, we can do so little; together, we can do so much. Together we are stronger.”