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Restaurant owner dies after row


FUNDRAISERS HELP CARING CHARITIES


RESTAURANTS across the country have held charity events for health-related charities, demonstrating the caring side of the business. Yorkshire restaurant Raies in Roundhay, near Leeds, celebrated its recent refurbishment by raising more than £1,100 for Cancer Research UK. To mark the addition of extra upstairs dining space the restaurant served guests free food in return for a donation to the charity. Before the upgrade the


restaurant could cater for just 40, but now can accommodate larger parties and private functions as well.


Max Kiani, restaurant founder


and owner, says, “It means we are more than just a restaurant; we can welcome groups to come and dine here which is something we are hoping to build on in the coming weeks.”


A fund-raising evening for


the Friends of Bedford Hospital hosted by the local Bengal Brasserie has raised more than £800 for the charity. Around 40 guests enjoyed a two-course dinner followed by a raffle and charity auction at a ‘Flavours of India’ dinner at the Bedford restaurant in November. Auction prizes were donated by local businesses, while the local Barclays Bank also made a donation. Meanwhile the Bongow Indian


in Kelvedon Hatch, Essex, hosted a fundraising night for Crossroads Care’s Brentwood, Basildon and Districts branch. The charity provides help to people who act as a full time carer for a relative. More than 50 diners attended


the event, which was organised by estate agents House Sale of Brentwood. Money from the


A MANCHESTER restaurant manager has died of a suspected heart attack after a row with customers over an unpaid bill. Mohammed Asif collapsed at Akbar’s and was confirmed dead on arrival at the hospital. Police are investigating the incident and enquiries are ongoing to establish the cause of death. City centre councillor Joan Davies, who lives near to restaurant on Liverpool Road, paid tribute to Mohammed Asif. She said: “I spoke to him on many occasions as a neighbour, customer and councillor. He was always very gentlemanly and he ran a very successful restaurant which attracts all different kinds of people.” n


evening will go to a fund set up to help reopen an after-school club which closed in October at The Endeavour School. In Kent a sell-out charity dinner at the Raj Pavilion in Tunbridge Wells, which recently won the Bangladesh Catering Association Best Restaurant in the South East award, raised £4,790 for Hospice in the Weald, attracting over 100 diners. Special guest was Tunbridge Wells MP Greg Clark, who said: “It was a wonderful event. Everyone had a fabulous time as well as raising money for one of the best causes in the area, if not in the country. It was


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