Eat fish and chips on Friday and help spinal cord injured individuals

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Published: Tuesday 16th May 2017 by Courtney Farrow

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The Spinal Injuries Association (SIA) is hosting its annual Great Fish and Chips Supper on Friday. Here’s how you can get involved.

Founded in 1974, SIA is now a national user-led charity that offers a whole host of services to spinal cord injured (SCI) people and their families. They work hard to support those with SCI, as well as raising awareness among the general public.

SIA supports SCI individuals in all aspects of their lives, right from day one of their injury.

The charity provides many beneficial resources, such as a network of peer support officers, an advice line and a nurse advocacy service, just to name a few.

“The causes of spinal injuries vary from an abscess on your spinal cord to an accidental fall down the stairs. The latter actually is the most common; a life-changing incident can happen at work, home or anywhere really,” Lauren Theodosi, Community Fundraising Officer at SIA, informs us.

“We’ve been doing The Great Fish and Chips Supper since 2009. As a user-led charity, we receive no government funding and rely heavily on private donations. This event helps us to raise the funds that we need to continue our services.”

The best part is that it’s really easy to get involved. Simply tuck into the nation’s favourite dish, donate some of your spare cash and open up the conversation about spinal injuries.

You can either find an event near you, host your own supper, or just head down to your local chippy with some deep-pocketed and generous friends.

We personally recommend The Fish and Chip Kitchen on Princes Avenue in Hull. Priding themselves on locally sourced, freshly prepared and homecooked fish and chips, it’s the perfect choice for the Great British Fish and Chips Supper.

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“What we offer is traditionally good fish and chips,” owner John Alexakis enthuses. “We try to locally source all of our ingredients, from the fish to the potatoes and even our takeaway bags.”

The Fish and Chip Kitchen is definitely the place to go if you’re in search of a truly British experience: “All of our beers, wines and ciders are from the UK. We don’t do Corona, we don’t do Budweiser, we only offer the best of Britain.”

The menu is full of exciting options, from your usual haddock/cod chips combination, to the more adventurous calamari and black pudding, and bubble and squeak patties. The Fish and Chip Kitchen also serves its signature mushy pea fritters to start off with, as well as the famous Hull Pattie Buttie.

“We make a lot of our stuff on the premises, including our pies. If we can make it, we make it,” says John.

Meanwhile, vegetarians can still take part in The Great British Fish and Chips Supper by opting for The Fish and Chip Kitchen’s delicious Asparagus Wild Mushroom White Wine Pie with mash potatoes, mushy peas or gravy.

Everything on the menu is bespoke to the restaurant, and cocktails are no exception:

“Our staff have designed ten uniquely branded cocktails,” John explains. “We also serve a range of classic drinks.”

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He tells us that fish and chips are synonymous with British culture: “Ask anyone around the world to tell you something about Britain and they will say ‘fish and chips’. It’s the staple diet. You can’t imagine this country without the iconic dish.”

Lauren agrees: “SIA came up with the idea for the Great British Fish and Chips Supper after searching for a way to involve everyone in a fund and awareness-raising event. Enjoying a plate of fish and chips is a great way to bring people together in a time of difficulty.”

If you do take part in The Great British Fish and Chips Supper, don’t forget to donate some money to the Spinal Injuries Association.

In the meantime, take a peek at the Fish and Chip Kitchen’s menu to tantalise your taste buds.

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Published: Tuesday 16th May 2017 by Courtney Farrow

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