Image: Helen and Mackenzie Worsley of Nelly Murphy’s Cafe on Railway

Helen Worsley loves to bake and had always imagined herself running a small café, but with four kids to raise, it wasn’t something she could consider until her kids were much older.

She finally realised her dream in January this year and opened up Nelly Murphy’s Café on Railway, an intimate diner serving everything from all day breakfast to burgers, rolls, sandwiches and a delicious range of main meals.

But after only 8 weeks of running the café, Helen was forced to close its doors due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“No one could have foreseen the COVID-19 epidemic and it hit us, like many others, completely out of the blue,” Helen said.

“We were doing really well in our first 8 weeks and the train was delivering lots of customers, many who wanted our popular Bush Tucker Ice Cream. But then COVID-19 hit and we had to shut down for three weeks,” she said.

During the shut-down period, Helen and her family, who work tirelessly alongside her in the Café, began a free delivery service, delivering meals throughout the local Victor Harbor area which was very popular with the café’s clientele.

“If I didn’t havemy family’s help, I don’t know what I would do. They are working for free just so we can try and keep our Café open,” Helen said.

Helen said the COVID-19 pandemic, along with the planned street upgrade works that are underway on Railway Terrace and the winter weather is making the situation for her and her family all the more dire.

“We definitely see the positives of the Railway Terrace upgrade, but with current restrictions due to COVID and the cooler weather, we aren’t sure if we are going to make it through,” Helen said.

“The Victor Harbor community is one that support each other and we encourage our fellow BVH members and the wider community to pay a visit to Nelly Murphy’s Café on Railway, try out her much sort after Beef and Guinness pie and browse her range of clothes and jewellery for sale. I promise you won’t be disappointed. And if you can’t find the time to visit, then try out their free local home delivery service,” Renee Ancell, Business Support Executive of Business Victor Harbor said.

Nelly Murphy’s Café on Railway can be contacted on 0456 731 371.  #supportlocal

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