Mayor’s curry night a fundraising and culinary delight

Robert Spivey, the new mayor of Sudbury and his wife Hilary ANL-140306-191413009
Robert Spivey, the new mayor of Sudbury and his wife Hilary ANL-140306-191413009

Great food, beautiful setting and hundreds raised for charity resulted in a top night at the mayor’s charity curry night.

The curry night was a great success despite some slight timing confusion, with an excellent amount of money was raised for local charities and organisations.

The Navaa Fine Fusion Indo-Nepalese restaurant in Church Street, Sudbury, was the host for the dinner, which was attended by Sudbury mayor Robert Spivey and Sudbury town councillor Oliver Forder, as well as your humble Free Press reporter.

Ali Ahmed, who works at the restaurant, came up with idea as a way to celebrate the restaurant’s first birthday and to raise money for charity.

Having arrived early after a bit of confusion over the start time, my girlfriend and I ended giving a helping hand to set up the raffle.

When the time came to settle down for the food, we were waited upon all night, waiters ensuring we were topped up with drinks and quickly sorting our order and bringing out a sumptuous two-course meal.

The food, as you might expect from internationally-recognised chef Anwar Hossein, was superb.

The chicken Katmandu was something I had never had before, but may now be my favourite dish.

While the food was excellent, the most important aspect of the night was raising money for the charities the mayor will support over the next year as well supporting the Befriending Scheme based at The Croft, Sudbury.

In the end £600 was raised on the night.

“It was great that we raised so much money,” said Mr Ahmed.

Mr Spivey added: “I am really grateful for what they have done, it was such a surprise.”