Chinese restaurant serves up £20k for Prospect Hospice

By Claire Dukes - 7 February 2019

  • Prospect Hospice’s Community Fundraiser Hollie Ricketts and Oriental Aroma owner James Huynh

    Prospect Hospice’s Community Fundraiser Hollie Ricketts and Oriental Aroma owner James Huynh

School pupils across Swindon got a taste for the oriental as part of a annual fundraiser by the Oriental Aroma which has served up more than £20,000 for Prospect Hospice.

The Oriental Aroma restaurant in Royal Wootton Bassett has carried on its own Chinese new year tradition by bringing a welcome boost to Prospect Hospice by inviting local schoolchildren to taste Chinese cuisine and learn about the country’s culture. Now in its tenth year, the restaurant’s fundraiser has raised £20,910.19 for the Wroughton-based charity.

More than 150 children from Royal Wootton Bassett Infant School, Brookfield Primary School and Longleaze Primary School recently enjoyed the taste of Chinese cooking, as they discovered the traditions and history associated with the Chinese New Year and raised £1,169.00 for the hospice.

Each year James Huynh from Oriental Aroma holds an event across three days and invites schools in free of charge to try Chinese cuisine whilst learning about traditions and the history of Chinese New Year. While the event is free, the restaurant asks that schools make a £5 donation per child to Prospect Hospice. 

Hollie Ricketts, Community Fundraiser said: “We would like to thank the schools for supporting the event, some of which support this event each year. The amount raised will go towards the cost of providing dedicated end-of-life care to our patients across Swindon, Marlborough and north east Wiltshire.

“We must also say a huge thank you to James at Oriental Aroma and all of his staff for providing such a great experience for the local community whilst raising vital funds for the hospice. This is the tenth year the restaurant has ran the event in aid of the hospice and over the years they have donated an incredible £20,910.19.”

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