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Date added: 14 October 2008

Cash and curry in Swindon 

Indian restaurants raise money for good causes
 
Helping charity was most definitely on the menu at two of Swindon's most popular Indian restaurants last night.
 
Mayor gets the Abbey habit...
 
Abbey Meads Swindon Indian Restaurant curry charity night
Popadum to pounds:
Swindon Mayor Steve Wakefield and Mr Ali
(second from right), owner of the Abbey Meads
Indian restaurant at the charity curry fundraiser
 
At the Abbey Meads Indian restaurant in Shaw Ridge, Swindon Mayor Steve Wakefield joined owner Mr Ali, plus fifty special guests at a curry fundraiser in aid of three nominated charities.
 
"Itís very important for us to support the charities close to peopleís hearts," commented a delighted Mr Ali, who personally added over £300 to the evening's funds.
 
"And an honour to have the Mayor here with us here tonight."
 
... and just down the road at the Bombay Lounge
 
Keen fundraiser and restaurant owner Hanif Robbani handed over a cheque for £431 to representatives of the Nationwide Building Society, who attended a charity meal night there last month.
 
Bombay Lounge Swindon charity curry evening
Handing over the curry-ency:
Bombay Lounge owner Hanif Robbani (centre)
presents a cheque to Nationwide's Vincent Eagle (r)
and Christopher Collins (l)
 
"We've raised over £11,000 since we started these events," said Hanif, who runs the Bombay Lounge in Peatmoor.
 
"This cheque is going to Macmillian Cancer research, and it's thanks to the generous people of Nationwide for making it happen."
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