Huge sup­port for quake ap­peal ‘just the start’

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

HILLING­DON food out­lets have col­lec­tively raised over £24,000 for sur­vivors of the Nepal earth­quake.

Ta­mara Lounge in Uxbridge and sis­ter res­tau­rant Na­maste Lounge in North­wood, along with Sub­way fran­chises col­lected do­na­tions un­der a newly formed char­i­ta­ble com­pany MC Foun­da­tion.

The funds bought tents and blan­kets to be dis­trib­uted in the Shindu­pal­chowk Dis­trict in Nepal.

Nayan Chande, di­rec­tor of Ta­mara Lounge, said the res­tau­rant has Nepalese among its long-serv­ing staff.

He said: “From them we got to re­ally know the sheer de­struc­tion that had taken place.

“Along with see­ing this through the news, it was some­thing my­self and my busi­ness part­ner felt we would like to go the ex­tra mile to help the cause it what­ever way we could.

“What started as a very small pic­ture, turned into some­thing fairly large scale and the amount of do­na­tions we re­ceived was phe­nom­e­nal.”

The res­tau­rant flew two mem­bers of staff, a com­pany di­rec­tor and the gen­eral man­ager to over­see the dis­tri­bu­tion of goods.

This was funded per­son­ally by the mem­bers of staff to en­sure “ev­ery sin­gle penny that has been raised so far has gone to the cause.”

Mr Chande added: “This is just the be­gin­ning of our jour­ney to sup­port the cause and we will be hold­ing var­i­ous fund rais­ers in the com­ing months.”

n FUNDRAIS­ERS: Staff from Ta­mara Lounge and Na­maste Lounge have been rais­ing money for Nepal’s earth­quake vic­tims

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