Leicester restaurant owner raises £600k for charity

A Leicester restaurant owner has raised an incredible £600k for a number of local and national charities.

Syed Rahman has been holding special charity dinner nights at his restaurant for 11 years. He came up with the idea after witnessing the devastation caused by the Tsunami in 2004. 

His two restaurants, Cuisine of India in Wigston and Chef & Spice in West End, hold the charity dinner nights on Mondays and Tuesdays.

Customers pay fifteen pounds for a set meal and can then choose which good cause they wish to donate to.

Mr Rahman says he feels it’s his duty to help those organisations that rely so heavily on donations.

Over the years, numerous charities have benefited from Syed’s scheme – including Cancer Research, the Air Ambulance and LOROS – the Leicestershire hospice providing care for terminally ill adult patients. 

Although Syed makes a loss on the food served at the charity nights, he says this is made up for by the support provided to the local community.

A number of customers who attend the charity events also come back to dine at his restaurants, helping to support his business in return.

After raising over £600k, Syed has now set up his own foundation – inviting customers to donate £1 extra on top of their bill to charity so that they can raise £15,000 each year for Leicester’s hospitals.

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