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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

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