O’shea’s Fish and chip shop set to open on Christmas day for those in need

A Barry Island Fish and Chip shop has announced plans to open on Christmas day to support those in need.

Alice Harding is the manager of O’shea’s fish & chip shop on Barry Island who came up with the idea. She plans on opening to the public on Christmas day and providing them with memories that will last forever, along with her signature fish and chips on Christmas day, with added Christmas cheer and mince pies.

Alice told Bro Radio “I chose Christmas day because its a day most of us take for granted. That so many of us have families and are able to spend all this money on food, drinks and gifts Where as we don’t ever think of those who don’t have the luxury of that.”

“Christmas can be such a lonely time if you don’t have family and friends around you. That’s why I thought I could be the one to provide them with that”

The owner of O’Shea’s fish and chip shop has supported the idea and allowed Alice to open on Christmas day, donating the food and hot drinks that will be served.

To help make someones Christmas, O’Shea’s are asking for local people to make donations via Just Giving or items such as blankets, Buck’s Fizz or Mince pies, with anything not spent on Christmas Day being donated to the homeless in Cardiff.

Alice is also looking for anyone available to provide entertainment on the day or who could make deliveries to local people who may be alone and not be able to leave the house.

Alice said “There’s so many reasons people can’t leave their house, whether it be age, disability or mental health. They are the people we don’t think about on a daily basis that could do with our help”

A £200 target has been set on Just Giving, which has reached 50% of its target. Donations can be made via Just Giving.

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