A curry house in Falmouth has extended its support of care workers and the emergency services to include the homeless and anyone struggling financially by offering free meals every Sunday.

Balti Curries in Arwenack Street is giving away a curry, rice and naan bread to those who need one, between 12 noon and 3pm every Sunday.

Owner Hem has a very personal reason for supporting the NHS, after three members of his family were saved from coronavirus at the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro.

Writing on Facebook he said: "My two brothers and sister in law were in Truro hospital with Covid-19 and my whole family in Nepal were worried, as death numbers were rising and many people were being treated in hospitals.

"We thought that they wouldn't get the treatment needed but they were given great service and were being cared by all the friendly doctors and nurses.

"Thank you for the doctors and nurses who helped my family to be better and thank you for risking you own lives to help those who are suffering."

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The restaurant held its first Sunday food giveaway just over a week ago, on May 10, and it proved such a success that the team is now doing it every weekend.

Hem said: "Over the 22 years here I have met some incredible people and some amazing friends - I want to see all your beautiful faces once more.

"Here's the catch: all you have to do is form a nice orderly queue on Sunday at 12 lunchtime, where I will gift you free curry, rice and bread, so for all of our outstanding NHS, key workers, emergency services, the homeless or people struggling financially I invite you to join us."

Anyone wanting a meal is asked to send Balti Curries a Facebook message so that staff know roughly how many to cater for.

Hem has been supporting key workers through the coronavirus pandemic, however, giving away free meals to whole teams of NHS and emergency services staff of up to 50 people at a time.

He added: "Since the lockdown we have served approximately 60 free meals to members of our NHS and emergency services as free of charge.

"We have catered for large quantities of our fab working NHS staff as a thank you and we're not done yet ! This is something we believe in very strongly and we want to keep it going."

Balti Curries was forced to close its restaurant shortly before the start of lockdown, along with all other restaurants, cafes and pubs around the country, but has continued to run its takeaway with a delivery service during the pandemic.