Cod's Scallops to give deserving Nottingham families an early Christmas present

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Christmas will come early for a group of deserving Nottingham families thanks to one of the country's best fish and chip shops.

Those who have had a particularly tough year will be invited to a festive get-together at The Cod’s Scallops in Carrington.

The restaurant and takeaway - which was recently voted one of the top 20 chippies in the UK - will welcome 50 people, treating them to a free lunch of fish and chips and Christmas pudding on December 10.

Father Christmas will be visiting the restaurant, in Mansfield Road, with a present for every child.

Owner John Molnar said: “I just want to help to provide a good Christmas to families who deserve it. They can sit in my restaurant together and have a tasty lunch, followed by presents from Santa.

Cod's Scallops, in Mansfield Road

Cod's Scallops, in Mansfield Road

“Some families, particularly larger ones, do not get the chance to go out to a restaurant, so inviting them to the Cod’s Scallops is my Christmas present to them.”

The families are being invited by West 8 Partnership, one of Nottingham City’s Education Improvement Partnerships, which works with secondary, primary and special schools in Bilborough.

The Cod's Scallops

The Cod's Scallops

Capital One is supporting the event by providing transport to families who are unable to make their own way to the restaurant.

Charlotte Malik, West 8 Partnership manager, said: “All the families have had a difficult year for one reason or another.

“Some have had a parent die or a family breakdown. Quite a lot of the families have children with special needs and some are being looked after by grandparents.

“We are really grateful to the Cod’s Scallops for doing this.”

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The organisers also hope to present each family with a magical experience they can share such as tickets to a sports event, pantomime or theme park.

“Even the cost of the bus is prohibitive for some of them to do something as a family,” said Charlotte.

Anyone who can help is asked to contact charlotte.malik@nottinghamcity.gov.uk.

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