Northampton Indian restaurant cooks up 50 hot meals for rough sleepers as part of Sikh community scheme
"This is vital we look after people who are in need"
Fusion Spice in Northampton has been praised for providing 50 hot meals for the town's rough sleepers.
Th Duston restaurant cooks the meals for the Sikh Community Centre and Youth Club (SCCYC) organisation, which then travels into the town centre to hand them out to rough sleepers.
The meals include vegetable curry, rice and naan bread.
Fusion Spice owner, Raff Miah, said this work is "vital" and has called on other businesses to get involved.
He said: "We've done it quite a few times now. We have been doing it for a number of months since Covid started. It was something my business partner was adamant about doing.
"This is vital we look after people who are in need, not just necessarily homeless people but all people in need. I think the homeless we have been supporting have really welcomed it. It's a hot meal at the end of the day and that's not always easy to come by.
"There are homeless people all around the town and we need to help them, to give them a better life. We can't give them a home but we can help them in this way.
"When people say 'well done' and I know they have a business then I ask them if they would like to get involved. If anyone does want to get involved, then, contact me."
Raff said he was hesitant at first to publicise the company's charitable work but said that previous publicity spurred more people on to get involved.
Amerjit Atwal, a trustee at the SCCYC, said his team of volunteers go to the town centre every Sunday to distribute the meals, starting at All Saints Church at 6pm.
Amerjit said: "It's vitally important work. There has been so many generous restaurant owners come forward to help, even when they have been struggling themselves, but they are still willing to support us and the rough sleepers with donations.
"If you want to support us and donate, let me know."
To contact Amerjit, email [email protected]