In the last year community groups and charities have raised £15,590 by enjoying good food at the twice weekly charity curry nights at Peatmoor’s Bombay Lounge restaurant.
Launched in association with Swindon Link in February 2008, over £47,600 has been raised for a wide range of causes over the last three years. Groups include youth projects, army and air cadets, playgroups and primary schools, animal charities and aid projects around the world.
We’re wondering if the evenings should be called Big Society Curry Nights. They are very simple to arrange. Group organisers need to check which Monday or Tuesday evenings are available via The Link website and once confirmed bring as many supporters as possible to enjoy an evening out.
Afterwards restaurant owner Hanif Robani calculates his profit and sends a cheque to the group, or presents the donation in front of The Link magazine camera.
Those who manage to fill the restaurant can expect to receive over £400 cashback.
Hanif said, “it’s been a lot of fun to offer groups the chance to raise money by enjoying a meal together and I’m very glad to continue to offer the charity evenings.
“I know my peers think I’m a bit crazy giving all the money away, but the feedback we receive from group members is tremendous; so many people comment on the friendly ambiance at the Bombay Lounge and how enjoyable it is to get together socially. We also meet them with their friends throughout the rest of the week.”
Many groups have made repeat visits and the evenings are now booked well in advance. Check the availability at www.swindonlink.com
Pictured top: Hanif with Clive Smith and Margaret Nicolson of Wessex Male Voice Choir who organised a curry evening in aid of Swindon Sands (Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Society).
Below: supporting 633 Squadron Air Cadets (West Swindon), from left, cadet Louise Cordas, Veronica Ricket, Sgt Chris Wilson, Matt Cordas, Matt Hornbuckle, Kieron Parker