Party-goers enjoy a taste of India
MATTHEW Stockley had two reasons for celebration last weekend.
He turned 17 and on Saturday night organised a Bollywood bash at his home near Great Chart to raise money for a charity trip to India.
Matthew, who attends The Bethany School in Goudhurst, is heading to the isolated region of Ladakh, India where he will be involved in the construction of classrooms, toilets and the creation of clean water sources.
Matthew needs to raise a minimum of £3,000 so is not only fund-raising but also took on a full-time job over the summer holidays.
The Bollywood extravaganza was a huge success, with Matthew cooking 15 different Indian dishes with the help of Indian chefs from the Ashford area, for more than 170 people. The event included an Indian Elvis tribute singer, an auction and raffle, raising £2,500.
Contributions were received from several local and international businesses including Utopia, the Marlowe Theatre and Royal Bank of Scotland, with the top prize being a day’s shoot on the Hooker Estate provided by Kent Tractors and worth £450.