Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Curry night raises thousands for charity

A CURRY night raised almost £5,000 for the Chiltern Centre for disabled children in Henley.

A CURRY night raised almost £5,000 for the Chiltern Centre for disabled children in Henley.

More than 100 people attended the event at the Spice Merchant restaurant in Riverside, which was hosted by TV antiques expert Jonty Hearnden.

They included Mayor Julian Brookes and his wife Gabriele, supporters of the charity and members of Henley’s business community.

The evening included a champagne reception, dinner and a Bollywood-style dancing performance.

There was also an auction with lots including a piece of art made by young people at the centre off Greys Road and tickets to the England v Argentina autumn international rugby match at Twickenham. Harriet Barcella, the charity’s community fund-raiser, said: “It was a fantastic night.

“Everyone went away having had an enjoyable evening and learnt a bit about the centre, which is great.

“The amount raised is fantastic — it’s more than double the total at last year’s event.” She thanked the restaurant and Henley solicitors Mercers, who sponsored the event.

Mr Hearnden said: “I’ve had a close association with the centre for quite some time — they were one of my chosen charities on Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is.

“It’s a fabulous charity which needs as much money as it can get, so I’m happy to help in any way I can.”



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