£1Million winners are the new ‘cods’ on the block
Staff and residents at a care home in Nottinghamshire have enjoyed free fish and chips served up by a couple who won £1Million on a National Lottery Scratchcard.
Andrew and Paula Hancock, who won their amazing prize in July 2019, visited the Broadleaves care home in Boughton in their fish and chip van. It’s a new venture for the couple who owned a catering business before their big win.
Andrew said, “I’ve been itching to get back into the industry – I just love how food brings people together. But the challenge, especially with Covid, was finding and realising the right opportunity. You could say I’ve been ‘fishing’ for the right venture.”
The Hancock’s new business Loxley Catering has been visiting villages near their home during the summer holidays as part of a ‘soft launch’ and the response has been phenomenal.
Paula said, “We’ve had queues around corners, we once ran out of cod and one lady in the village of Walesby said it was the best thing to happen to the village in over 20 years. Customers have been chatting with each other while waiting to be served, catching up on village life. I really do feel we are serving more than just fish and chips.”
The couple have employed some of the team who used to work for them at their previous business and they have just received their 5-star hygiene certificate from the local authority.
Explaining the decision to serve up free meals at the Broadleaves care home, Andrew said he wanted to do something special to launch the new venture. He said, “Broadleaves is just around the corner from us – I used to play on the fields as a boy where it now stands. I’ve lived here all my life, I know the people and this is a business that will succeed, or not, due to the support of the community. Fish and chips is our national dish, everybody loves it and it just felt right to officially start by supporting local people.”
Sheena Jobson, Manager of Broadleaves care home said, “55 residents and staff enjoyed delicious fish and chips and the unmistakable smell wafted across the site and created a real buzz when the van served everyone across the site. It was a treat for everyone and so thank you, Andy and Paula for thinking of us.”
29th September 2022
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