Ex-EastEnders actress supports Northampton restaurant’s appeal to help victims of Nepal earthquake

Charlie Brooks at the Saffron Restaurant in Northampton / Picture supplied
Charlie Brooks at the Saffron Restaurant in Northampton / Picture supplied

Former EastEnders star Charlie Brooks gave a donation to the appeal by a Nepalese restaurant in Northampton to help the victims of the Nepal earthquake.

Ms Brooks, who starred in Beautiful Thing at Royal & Derngate last week, dropped in for a meal at Saffron in Castilian Street on Friday night and heard about the appeal.

Charlie Brooks appearing in Beautiful Thing at Royal & Derngate

Charlie Brooks appearing in Beautiful Thing at Royal & Derngate

She donated £50, to the delight of owner Naz Islam.

“The donation was a wonderful gesture from Charlie. It was lovely to welcome her to the restaurant and for her to show her support to a cause so close to our hearts was amazing. It’s very much appreciated,” he said.

The restaurant has so far donated nearly £300 for the appeal.

Mr Islam said he wanted to try to help the families back in Nepal coming to terms with the impact of the quake.

Thousands of people lost their lives and thousands more were injured in a 7.8 magnitude earthquake that hit Nepal’s capital Kathmandu and its surrounding areas on April 25.

Mr Islam said: “The earthquake has destroyed communities in Nepal, with thousands of people losing their lives and whole villages being wiped out. I can’t imagine the devastation these people must be going through.

“Some members of our team come from Nepal and it is an incredibly worrying time for us all. We want to help in any way we can.

“We have made a small donation to the official Unicef appeal and are asking customers to do the same, giving just a little can make a huge difference to these people at a time of unprecedented turmoil in Nepal.”

Donations can be made online by visiting http://donate.unicef.org.uk/nepal-donate.html or in person at Saffron, where staff have set up a collection which will be given to the charity.