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UK restaurants to raise funds for Kolkata’s Tata Memorial hospital


London mayor Boris Johnson is leading the campaign, restaurants will match donations made by their customers.

Some of Britain’s top restaurants have joined hands for a common cause – to help cancer patients being treated in Kolkata.

London mayor Boris Johnson has decided to lead a campaign that will see a number of popular London restaurants match every GBP 1 donation made by their customers.

Diners will be encouraged to support the initiative by agreeing to add GBP 1 to their restaurant bill. The money raised will be donated to Kolkata’s Tata Memorial Hospital. Leading restaurants in England have already agreed to support the initiative, including Quilon at Taj, Cafe Spice Namaste, Benaras, Cinnamon Club and Oh Calcutta, which is opening in London soon.

Iqbal_WahhabThe charitable initiative has been developed by Iqbal Wahhab, the owner of the popular chain of restaurants in London called Roast.

The not-for-profit Tata Medical Centre specialises in the prevention, early diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of cancer patients in West Bengal, adjoining states and neighbouring countries.

A similar fund raising initiative last year saw Britain’s rich and famous gather in London’s iconic St James Court hotel to raise a whopping GBP 130,000 (INR 13 crore) for Kolkata’s cancer patients. The charity dinner saw a Paresh Maity painting sell for GBP 45,000. People were also given the chance to travel in Queen Elizabeth’s favourite machine -a vintage 1955 Jaguar Mark VII.

Source: Times of India

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