Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Cafe raises £3,300 for Philippines appeal

AN evening of entertainment organised by a Henley café raised more than £3,000 for the Philippines Typhoon Appeal.

AN evening of entertainment organised by a Henley café raised more than £3,000 for the Philippines Typhoon Appeal.

The Chocolate Café in Thames Side was showing support for Filipino waitress Maria Fe Paña, who moved to Britain three years ago.

More than 100 people turned out for a pop quiz hosted by radio presenter Mike Read. The café donated food and there was a raffle.

Vivienne Connery, who runs the business, said: “It was a great, fun evening and the response was so good that people are asking if we are doing it again next year.” The quiz, which included videos of Top of the Pops from as far back as the Sixties, was won by Andy Tucker, who owns Henley record shop In the Groove.

The café had sold 96 tickets but eight more people arrived on the night so Mrs Connery had to get more wine glasses from the Angel on the Bridge pub and chairs from the Villa Marina restaurant. She said: “Everyone was having such a fun time that they were buying alcohol but because we’re a café we don’t have a big stock of wine glasses so I had to run over to the pub to get some more as well as some chairs.

“The fund-raising might have been in the café but it was really an all-round community effort. It’s a fantastic cause and Maria was totally overwhelmed by it all.”

Mrs Connery thanked Mike Read as well as Tesco, Fragrance Design, Barry Gibbon Dairy Produce, A & B Catering Butchers and Phil Percival cheesemongers for their contributions.

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