Daughter Amy takes on Dave’s butcher shop

March 28 2014

THE daughter of Gloucester Road butcher, Dave Giles, has lifted the shop's shutters weeks after he passed away on holiday, as it's "what he would have wanted".

March 28 2014

THE daughter of Gloucester Road butcher, Dave Giles, has lifted the shop's shutters weeks after he passed away on holiday, as it's "what he would have wanted".
Amy Osborne, 33, will now be running the shop, joining the very few number of female butchers across the country.
Dave, 55, sadly passed away in his sleep whilst on holiday in The Gambia, after suffering from a heart attack. 
Having always helped out at the shop since the age of thirteen, Amy reopened the business on March 17, after allowing herself and her family several weeks to recover from the shock.

 Amy Osborne
Amy Osborne

The butchers has been operating on Gloucester Road for almost 25 years ago.
Customers of Dave Giles have been deeply saddened by his death, and the family have been moved by the amount of tributes pouring in since the news shook the community, with people laying flowers and cards with heartfelt messages at the shop's door.

Amy and Dave


Amy said: "It's been really incredible the support we've had. His death has affected so many people, not just in the local community. He was a friend to so many, and made such a big impact, even if he only met that person a few times.
"He took the time to learn his customers' names, which they were really touched by."
One tribute, written by Shab who had painted the shop's shutters, read: "Thank you for teaching me faith in myself and others."
Tributes were also posted on the Glos Rd Central Facebook page.
One comment read: "Am shocked and saddened to hear of this tragic news. Dave will be missed terribly. Always a happy, jolly person that always had time for a chat. My thoughts are with his family at this sad time xx".
Another wrote: "Very sad news, our family's favourite butchers, thinking of Dave's family and friends xxx". 

Dave Giles on holiday
Amy and her family will be running in the Bristol 10k this May in memory of Dave. He had registered for this year's event after competing in the race last year, and was determined to beat his time.
Amy said: "I'm going to try and make it in under an hour, as it was his aim for this year - he was desperate to do it in under an hour."
Money raised from the race will be going to Unseen - a charity tackling human trafficking and modern slavery, and The Gambia Experience, which helps support the education and learning of children through school development projects.
The Gambia had a profound effect on Dave after visiting the country last year, says Amy.
She added: "He fell in love with the place - he absolutely loved it. He always said that he wouldn't go back to the same country twice, and when he told us that he was going back to Gambia this year, we were really surprised."
Whilst in The Gambia, Dave met a fruit seller on the beach who couldn't afford an education for her twin daughters, so Dave and his wife decided to pay for the women's children to go to school.
Jo, his wife, said: "He was just a wonderful and kind man - no-one had a bad word to say about him."
Amy will be receiving help in the shop from sister Lucy Burnett, and Dave's grandson, Jack Osborne. They will be supported by long-standing staff member and friend, Steve, who Amy refers to as their "backbone".