We are proud to have helped raise more than £3,000 during a two-month charity fundraising drive. The Ruby, in Braintree, ran cooking masterclasses and buffet nights and donated 5 per cent of all its takings as part of our ‘Curry for a Cause’ campaign

Hamid and Mohim Uddin had the idea of raising the money for Bocking End’s First Stop Centre, which helps the disadvantaged, after speaking to a customer who had been helped by the charity.Mohim said: “I saw how she progressed with the support of the centre and was keen to learn more.

“When I first visited the centre, I was impressed by how warm and welcoming everyone is and the great work they do.”

As part of the fundraising, we held cooking lessons at New Direction, also in Bocking End, which supports homeless people. Mohim said: “Working with the charities has been both very rewarding and an eye-opening experience for me. “I have a better understanding and appreciation of local charities and how important it is for local people and businesses to support them.

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