BANGLADESH ROHINGYA CRISIS APPEAL – Charity Event at Spice Lodge Raises £3,300

On Monday 30th October the Spice Lodge held a Rohingya Crisis Appeal charity dinner and an Auction of Promises. The generous prizes were all contributed by local hotels, restaurants, and other businesses

During the past month Mohammed Rahman, owner of Spice Lodge, has been to Bangladesh.   Having seen the extensive coverage and horrendous images, both on television and in the press, he felt compelled to host an event at short notice to help the refugees who are living in such terrible conditions.  There are over 600,000 refugees who are living in terrible conditions and need life-saving assistance now. More than 70% of the refugees are without adequate shelter and half have no safe drinking water.

A large percentage of the influx population is children under the age of 10. Mohammed teamed up with Oxfam, who are doing so much to help with the relief, bringing fresh water, bedding, clothing, sanitation etc.

On Monday 30th October the Spice Lodge held a charity inner and an Auction of Promises. The generous prizes were all contributed by local hotels, restaurants, and other businesses such as dinner for 2 with wine at Ellenborough Park Hotel, a Spa visit at The Greenway Hotel, a Chairman’s day at both Birmingham and Cheltenham Town Football Club, 4 beautiful jackets from Superdry, a voucher from Raging Bull with signed Rugby ball by Phil Vickery, a bottle of exclusive champagne from Simon Ford, a signed print by Cricketer Jack Russell, a day at Cheltenham Races, plus Tennis Coaching at East Glos and a fitness session by Luciano Kydd.   Alex Chalk donated a bottle of House of Commons Whiskey and Lord Jones of Cheltenham offered lunch and a tour of the House of Lords.  Simon also brought a signed/framed U2 Album and photo, so there was something for everyone’s taste!

The Auction was run by Robin Fisher of Mallams who kindly gave his time for free and whipped up enthusiasm throughout the room to enable us to raise around £2,000 on the night.  Some 60 guests and regular visitors to Spice Lodge were served with sparkling wine and canapés followed by a delicious 3-course meal with a selection of curries.  Mohammed generously added the 100% of the cost of these meals bringing the total to an amazing £3,300!

Aziz Rahman, a businessman from Oxford, who had just returned from Rohingya gave a moving account of what he had seen.  Chris Babb from Oxfam also spoke about the latest efforts by Oxfam and the type of help they are giving.   The evening was hosted and co-ordinated by Concetta Knee

Mohammed said:  “It was wonderful to have the support of so many of my regular customers and friends.  I cannot thank them, the donors or the Auctioneer enough.”

Chris Babb of Oxfam said when he was presented with the cheque “It is very seldom I receive a cheque for this amount.   This will be put to very good use.”

It is still possible to donate: Text 70070 with SLRA50 and £5.00.