Charity support from new business

ALWAYS SMILING: Rosa Simon, 3, from Hadleigh who died after being hit by a vehicle near her home in Canterbury Gardens. ANL-140107-142036001
ALWAYS SMILING: Rosa Simon, 3, from Hadleigh who died after being hit by a vehicle near her home in Canterbury Gardens. ANL-140107-142036001

A newly-opened business in Hadleigh has pledged to give a minimum monthly donation to the Rosa Simon Music Fund which was set up in 2014 to provide Suffolk children with musical opportunities.

It is named after three-year-old Rosa Simon, from Hadleigh, who died in a road accident that year.

Rosa’s Fund has already donated thousands of pounds to local schools, childminding groups and churches to buy musical instruments, tuition and performance opportunities.

The recently-opened Spice Takeaway, in the town’s high street, has pledged to give Rosa’s Fund at least £30 per month.

Nurul Amin, Spice Takeaway’s owner said: “The love and support I always get from Paul and the family is unforgettable and I want to do everything I can to support the Fund to keep her in our memories at all times.

“Our donations are just another way to show our continuous support and love for such a fantastic charity”.

Paul Simon, Rosa’s father said: “Nurul is one of my oldest friends. We have known each other for over 16 years and have shared the happy and sad times experienced by our families.

“When Nurul ran a restaurant in the town, I would frequently take my three children, including Rosa, there for Sunday lunch. So, this offer of regular donations to Rosa’s Fund is a lovely, heart-warming gesture.”

The Rosa Simon Music Fund has recently made two donations to support initiatives at Hadleigh High School.

The first of £1,000 will go towards the School buying 15 iPads for use in music education and composition.

The Fund has also offered £500 towards a project to work with professional musicians to create a piece of music to commemorate the men of Hadleigh who died in the Battle of the Somme.