Party-go­ers en­joy a taste of In­dia

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - News - by Jes­sica Cooper ken­tish­ex­press@thek­m­

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.

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