Curry lovers help raise £854 for guide dogs at mayor’s charity dinner

Councillor Malpas with his guide dog Verity, Northampton South MP David Mackintosh and Saffron owner Naz Islam.

Councillor Malpas with his guide dog Verity, Northampton South MP David Mackintosh and Saffron owner Naz Islam.

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A Bollywood-themed dinner at a town centre curry house raised £854 for guide dogs for the blind at the final charity event for the Mayor of Northampton.

The event, held at Saffron in Castilian Street, on Monday, April 10 saw dozens of VIPs and invited guests to come together to enjoy dishes from award-winning curry chef Bodrul Islam.

The cheque presentation outside Saffron

The cheque presentation outside Saffron

A raffle and prize auction, including a bottle of champagne personally signed by Prime Minister Theresa May, helped raise £854 for Guide Dogs for the Blind, the chosen charity of mayor of Northampton, Councillor Christopher Malpas.

Saffron owner Naz Islam, who has helped raise more than £21,000 for local charities in the past two decades, said: “To raise so much money in one evening is incredible and we are absolutely thrilled we were able to help support such a fabulous cause.

“We had several guide dogs in the restaurant for the event and they are truly amazing animals. To be able to contribute towards the training of a dog, which will a life-changing impact on its owner is a huge honour.”

The mayor has already raised more than £20,000 during his 12-month tenure, enough to sponsor four Guide Dog puppies. The first one, Tilly, is already in training while a second puppy, Spencer, will start later in the year.

Councillor Malpas said: “The evening was a huge success and it was fabulous to raise so much money for a cause close to my heart. It’s hugely appreciated and will make a huge difference.”

Other raffle and auction prizes on the evening included items donated by Northampton Saints, Silverstone, the Cobblers, Rockingham International Speedway and Broughton Wines.