A Birmingham chip shop is throwing open its doors to people in need on Christmas Day
Brothers Asef and Hamid Faziri have run The Classic Fish Bar in Erdington High Street for two years and last year decided to do their bit for local people in need.
Last Christmas Day they laid on turkey dinners for old people and the homeless - and this year they're doing it all over again.
Hamid said: "It was a huge success and we had between 30 and 40 people come in and have some food.
"So we thought we'd do it again, and hopefully it will be just as popular."
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One of the oldest pubs in Birmingham, The Old Crown in Digbeth is also feeding up to 60 diners on Christmas Eve for free.
Ciaran Healy, owner of the pub, said: "For many of these people it will be the only interaction they will have throughout Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
"It's not just about giving them a meal, it's about sitting down and spending time with someone who needs it."
It comes after the news that a vending machine is now up and running in Nottingham, which will provide those in need with such essentials as food, clean clothing, toothbrushes and other sanitary products to the city's homeless on a 24/7 basis.
Up to 100 homeless people will be able to 'purchase' three free items a day from the machine using a traceable key card.
It sounds like a really great idea - especially at this time of year, when cold weather and everybody else's festive spirits can have a truly detrimental effect on those who aren't so lucky.
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The goods inside the vending machine have all been donated by a handful of companies, with the likes of Waitrose, Tesco and Sainsbury's all having donated products so far. The machines will be stocked by volunteers each day.
The key cards are to be issued by Action Hunger's partner organisations, which includes The Friary in Nottingham - an organisation that already offers homeless people lunch and counselling, as well as showers and medical care.
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