‘This event is my way of saying thank you to the forces’

HELPING Rajon Ahmed, 37, and Fakrul Islam, 36, outside The Highlands Tandoori
HELPING Rajon Ahmed, 37, and Fakrul Islam, 36, outside The Highlands Tandoori
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I WAS born in Bangladesh and moved to England when I was a small child.

I have co-owned The Highlands Tandoori in Highlands Road with Fakrul Islam for the last seven years.

On Tuesday, October 15 we are holding a charity event in aid of Help for Heroes.

I have been inspired to host this charity night by the work we have done in the past with other organisations, such as the NSPCC.

The Help for Heroes event is the first one we have held and we want to raise as much money as we can.

I am also hoping that by holding this event, the gesture will go some way in helping change public opinion towards Muslims.

I really want to do something to turn public perception around.

We often hear negative press about Muslims and I want to send out a strong message to those guys out there fighting and let them know that we really are grateful, regardless of our religion,

They do a fantastic job and raising as much money as possible at this charity night is a way of thanking them.

I have already sold half the tickets and they are selling out fast. The cost of each ticket is £21 and includes a three-course meal with coffee.

All the local businesses have generously donated to the raffle and there are some really good prizes, ranging from free meals to six-month gym membership for two people at Fareham Leisure Centre.

All proceeds of the charity night will go to the Help for Heroes charity. The evening starts at 7pm and will go on for most of the night.

To find out more and to purchase tickets, please call me on 01329 849111 or 01329 8491