Indian takeaway customers donate to three good causes

POPULAR Indian takeaway Gandhi put on its annual fundraising night and raised more than £1,500 for three good causes.

Thursday, 28th April 2016, 6:50 am
The Mayoress of Fareham Anne Ford, David Bell from Fareham who is now in remission, Hayley Callacher, local fundraising manager for Cancer Research UK, Paul Richards from Richards Newsagent, owner of Gandhi's Abu-Suyeb Tanzam, Cllr Leslie Keeble and the Mayor of Fareham Mike Ford. Picture: Sarah Standing (160624-3789)

Abu-Suyeb Tanzam runs the takeaway in Anjou Crescent, Fareham and puts on an event every year to raise money for charities.

He donates everything earned from the night, which was £1,650 this year.

Mr Tanzam said: ‘I give 100 per cent credit to our customers and friends and families for their tremendous support over the past many years.’

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The event raised money for Cancer Research UK, which received £1,000 and the remaining £650 went to two charities chosen by Mayor of Fareham Mike Ford, who also attended the event.

Cllr Ford said: ‘Abu sets aside a day every year and donates all the takings to the mayor’s chosen charities, and this year he donated money to Cancer Research UK as well. It was fantastic. A brilliant event.’

Cllr Ford picked two charities to split the £650 raised from the takeaway’s fundraiser.

The Dave Wellman Cancer Trust was founded in 1999 after Dave died from lung cancer. The trust funds vital equipment that is helping in the fight against cancer, as well as other good causes and individuals and thier families.

The Gosport and Fareham Inshore Rescue Service, known as GAFIRS, is an independent search and rescue facility covering the Solent and Portsmouth Harbour and is funded entirely by donations.

Mr Tanzam has held this annual event for the last eight years and has owned the restaurant for the last 27 years.

He said he was impressed by his customers who donated before the event and during the event, as well as paying for their meal.

He said: ‘Some customers didn’t attend my evening but donated beforehand, £5, £10 or £20.

‘It’s such warm support from my customers, without them I couldn’t do this.’

Mr Tanzam said it was a ‘busy but fantastic’ evening and he hopes to continue to raise money for Cancer Research UK and other charities in future years.