Spice up your life
On april 6, the 10th annual Lord Mayor’s Big Curry Lunch will be held at London’s medieval Guildhall, ec2, to raise funds for ABF The Soldiers’ Charity. as well as fundraising, its aim is to increase awareness in the City community of the role of the armed Forces and of the charity, which has been providing support to British army soldiers and veterans, both at home and around the world, since 1944.
Since its inception in 2008, the event has raised more than £1.5 million and the volunteer organisers hope to make a sizable (£450,000) leap to the £2 million mark in this anniversary year; the 2016 lunch was a record breaker, with the largest attendance and amount raised, so hopes are high.
It’s fun, too. There’s unlimited food and drink, an auction, a prize draw, diamond necklace and watch raffles, plants, leather goods and fruit sellers from relevant Livery Companies and an authors’ Corner, where renowned writers will sell signed works. In addition, this year, there will be a memorial garden in the Great Hall as a tribute to those who lost their lives at the Battle of Passchendaele, 100 years ago.
each year, up to 1,500 can attend. These usually include a member of the royal Family, the Secretary of State for defence, judges, City workers, beneficiaries of the charity, a smattering of sporting, film and TV personalities, soldiers all the way up the ranks to generals and field marshals and anyone else who wants to buy a ticket.
Tickets cost £100 and are now on sale at www.soldierscharity.org/ lordmayors, where you can also place bids in the silent auction. Contact amy Kenyon (akenyon@soldierscharity. org; 020–7811 3960) for further information.
Currying favour for a worthy cause