Bollywood and belly dancing come to Norwich for East Anglian Children’s Hospice

A taste of Bangladesh, Bollywood and belly dancing came to Norwich as a restaurant gave up its floor for a night of charity fundraising.

Regular diners at Rishi Indian restaurant on Mousehold Lane were treated to an evening of entertainment with 50pc of all proceeds going to the charity East Anglian Children's Hospice, (EACH) which cares for children with life threatening conditions and their families.

However, the restaurant owners were so pleased with the success of the night they have now decided to donate �1,000 of the �1,400 proceeds.

And as owner Muminur Rashid explains, the charity are the most suitable recipients of the money because they represent what he wants his restaurant to stand for.

'EACH is a part of the community, it looks after its sick children and is very important to that community.

'We want to be a part of the community so we decided we have to do something for it. My customers had a good time and were very pleased with the effort, regulars have been saying 'well done Mr Rashid, you have done very well'.'

The restaurant has been going for about two years and Mr Rashid says that about 60pc of his customers are regulars who return week after week. And it was these regulars who enjoyed live Bollywood dancing and music along with a five course meal.

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In attendance were volunteers for EACH, who raised a further �155 cash from a raffle prize draw.

Volunteer Margaret Baynton, from Norwich, said: 'The night was a fantastic idea, there are so many charities who are looking for funds and we are so pleased that Rishi chose EACH.'

The money will be given to the EACH hospice in Quidenham, one of a number run by the charity.

Volunteer Julie Cullum, also from Norwich, said: 'EACH is a local charity which is close to people's hearts and we are please at the amount raised on the night by Mr Rashid and his team.

'The money will go a long way at the hospice in Quidenham.'

Are you raising money for a good cause? Call the Norwich Evening News on 07501 481521 or email newsdesk@archant.co.uk

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