Free curry night helps make a tasty sum for cancer charity

Penny Mordaunt and Iqbal Miah, owner of The Shalimar in North End.
Penny Mordaunt and Iqbal Miah, owner of The Shalimar in North End.
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AN INDIAN takeaway has given more than £1,000 to a cancer charity.

The Shalimar, in London Road, North End, held a fundraiser earlier this month, from which it donated an evening’s takings to Macmillan Cancer Support.

To help bring in customers, the takeaway also offered a free main meal with every order, while staff gave their day’s wages to the charity to do their part.

The gesture raised £1030.90 for Macmillan to help fund its work supporting people with cancer and their families in the Portsmouth area.

Penny Mordaunt, Portsmouth North MP, was on hand to receive a cheque of Macmillan’s behalf from Shalimar owner Iqbal Miah.

She said: ‘I am very grateful to Mr Miah and to all those who contributed to the donation as this is such a worthy cause.’

Mr Miah chose Macmillan because he comes from a family affected by cancer and was proud to help the charity.

The money raised will be used to help fund Macmillan’s cancer services including specialist nurses working throughout the NHS, a nurse-run support line and grants for cancer patients with money problems.

Macmillan’s fundraising manager for south-east Hampshire Lisa Murphy said: ‘We are very grateful for this donation which will go to support people affected by cancer in Portsmouth.

‘No-one should have to face cancer alone and with support like this, they won’t have to.’

For information on fundraising for Macmillan as a business, group or individual, call 0300 1000 200 or visit