Cardiff chippy staying open on Christmas Day to give free food to homeless people

A fish and chip shop in Cardiff is opening its doors on Christmas Day to provide free food for people who are homeless, older or vulnerable.

Victoria Fish Bar, which is based in Whitchurch, will be open between 12-3pm on 25 December to give out warm meals and to bring people together to “experience a great time”.

In a post on Facebook, which has been shared thousands of times, staff said: “We realise that not everybody has the luxury to have a nice warm meal at a loved one’s house with family and friends, so we will try very hard on the day to emulate such an experience”.

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The post has received hundreds of comments from people commending the on the kind gesture, with one saying, ” A wonderful Christmas gesture, well done. There are still kind and caring people in our community.”

Speaking on Wales at Six, owner Muhammad Nazakat said, “Christmas Day is a special day and me and my team all decided to open to make a special day with homeless people, because there’s more and more of them now.

“We enjoy our day as well with them. My team is always behind me and I want to especially say thank you to them.”

Muhammad’s son Jawad said, “The response has been absolutely phenomenal – all the staff, me, my dad, my brothers were so shocked.

“Homelessness has been on the rise in Cardiff as well as everywhere else. When you go into the city centre, your heart drops. You see a bunch of people sitting in front of abandoned shops and we feel it’s our responsibility as people of Great Britain to help them.”