A FAMILY-RUN chippy broke the Ramadan fast with the local Muslim community by hand delivering portions of their halal fried fish to the York Mosque and Islamic Centre.

Since his first visit to Miller's Fish and Chips in Haxby, Mebs Surve, a prominent member of York Mosque's community, struck an immediate friendship with Nick Miller, who co-owns and runs the chippy with his father, David.

During one of their recent conversations, Nick was invited to attend an art competition and exhibition at the mosque in support of Refugee Week. This event also coincided with the holy month of Ramadan.

Nick was touched by the warmth and hospitality of the Muslim community and he wanted to see what he could do as a way of saying thank you. Nick called Mebs and offered to provide food as a contribution to their iftar – the name for when Muslims break their fast at sunset.

Nick wanted the food delivery to be a celebration of the unity within the York community.

He said: "It was really important for us to visit the mosque and we are delighted that we could help provide some of our halal fish for such a special evening. Me and the rest of the family are really happy that we've been able to share our food as part of Ramadan and it really shows the strong social bonds within York's community.

"It's the first time that our fish and chips has been served as part of such an incredible feast and it was a great addition."

Mebs added: "When Nick called me with his idea, I was deeply moved by his very kind gesture.

"It means a tremendous amount to the Muslim community of York Mosque that someone is providing food as an act of kindness and friendship."