The Chiltern Centre, A Taste of India fundraising event has now raised over £20,000 for the charity over five years after this year’s event which took place last Thursday evening.
The Spice Merchant restaurant on Thameside has partnered with the charity and hosted this annual event. Guests enjoyed a champagne reception followed by a two course Indian feast and Bollywood dancing led by Bollywood entertainer, Jay Kumar and Dance Asia. Guests had fun learning different Bollywood dance moves including changing the light bulb!
Money was raised through ‘Heads or Tails’ which was won by Nick Steel, a Chiltern Centre Trustee, a raffle and an auction hosted by TV presenter, Jonty Hearnden which included a box at Wembley for the forthcoming England Vs Montenegro, afternoon tea at Danesfield House and a photo shoot by Charlotte Snowden.
Peter Hopkins form Mercers solicitors who have supported the event over the years said, “The Chiltern Centre/Spice Merchant cooks have found the perfect recipe to fundraise for their life-changing support, leisure and overnight short break services for young adults, from 16 to 30 with a learning disability. Hasan’s warm welcome, fast service, exotic dancing from the hugely entertaining Jay Kumar and the stunning Dance Asia dancers, wonderful food, masterful auctioneering from celebrity Jonty Hearnden of amazingly good auction prizes (some absolute bargains this year!), and beautifully organised by Liz Deacon and her team. The ingredients combined to create another masterpiece – and we look forward to next year’s and urge others to support this fantastic local charity.”
Harriet Barcella, Community Fundraiser at the Chiltern Centre said, “When we started this event back in 2015, we could never have dreamed that we would raise more than £20,000 over 5 years – it is an amazing amount that has genuinely helped us to change the lives of young people with disabilities. It has been an absolute joy to work with Hasan and the team at the Spice Merchant over the years and we are so grateful for all their support and hard work which has helped us to raise so much money. It is always so special looking out over the room at the Spice Merchant and seeing so many familiar faces – many of whom have joined us at every single one of these nights. Our thanks as always goes to all those who joined us, the Spice Merchant, Jay Kumar and the exceptional dancers from Dance Asia, as well as our wonderful auctioneer Jonty Hearnden. Finally, thanks to all those who donated to our raffle and auction including Chef Simon McKenzie and Fairmile Vineyard.”