Street Spice

A hot donation…

Organisers of a local food festival in February 2013 handed over more than £15,000 to one worthy charity at an informal presentation at a local restaurant.

Sachins restaurant, on Forth Banks, Newcastle, played host to a cheque presentation on Wednesday July 24 2013 at 12.30pm to The Brain Tumour Charity. The funds were raised at Street Spice @ Life and will be donated by the Kuly Ral Memorial Fund, which is an official Supporter Group of The Brain Tumour Charity and is raising money for The Charity’s brain tumour research.

Street Spice @ Life, sponsored by Close House Hotel and Golf and Sintons was the hugely successful, spicy street food festival which graced Newcastle back in March and saw over 12,000 spicy food lovers attend the event. Organisers Bob and Neeta Arora, of the city’s Indian restaurant Sachins, and Neeta’s sister, Geeta Ral, wanted to do something special to help raise funds for The Brain Tumour Charity, after Kuly Ral, Geeta’s late husband, sadly passed away in May last year. The talented Punjabi RDB singer died at just 35 after losing his battle with cancer.

Sponsors, donors, press, friends and family were invited to the presentation at Sachins where drinks and canapés were served, to celebrate the success of the event and the amount raised for The Brain Tumour Charity. The Kuly Ral Memorial Fund was able to hand over a cheque in excess of £15k to The Brain Tumour Charity.

Francesca Towson, community fundraiser for The Brain Tumour Charity told us: “It was great fun being part of the Street Spice @ Life festival. It was a huge success, and I can’t thank Geeta, Neeta and Bob enough for what they’ve done so far.

“The funds raised will go a long way in to helping the charity, and we couldn’t do it without the generous donations from events like this.”

Geeta followed: “I absolutely loved everything about the event from start to finish. It was so much hard work to organise, which is why I’m so pleased it has raised such a great value of money for The Brain Tumour Charity. All three of us will continue to come up with new ideas in order to continue supporting this great charity through the Kuly Ral Memorial Fund.”

The Brain Tumour Charity is the UK’s leading brain tumour charity, formed as a result of the merger of The Brain Tumour Charity (formerly Samantha Dickson Brain Tumour Trust), Brain Tumour UK and The Joseph Foote Trust in March 2013.  It is the only national charity that is fighting brain tumours on all fronts – investing in research, providing support and information and raising awareness.  It adheres to national recognised accreditations and best practice guidelines for every area of its work.

The Brain Tumour Charity is the only brain tumour charity to fund research through a fair, open and transparent process of peer review and the only one to be a member of the Association of Medical Research Charities.  As the largest dedicated funder of research into brain tumours, each year they invest  £2.5million in world-class research covering both laboratory and clinical research in leading institutions across the UK. They are committed to significantly increase this in the future.

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