The Mayor of the City of Derby hosted a charity dinner at the Slice of India restaurant last Thursday, in the latest effort to meet his ambitious £25,000 fundraising target.

Over 135 guests dined with Derby’s First Citizen, sampling a delicious and extensive Indian buffet, prepared by a team of specially trained chefs.

Owner Baljit Atwal, together with managers Sid Bakshi and Ben Corner, were delighted to welcome residents, businesses and community groups to one of the largest charitable events ever held at the Mansfield Road restaurant.

Once takings from the raffle and donations from guests had been added to ticket sales, the evening raised nearly £1800 for the Mayor’s charities.

The dinner was the latest in the string of charitable endeavours, which have included samosa sales at the Council House, charity cycle rides and a quiz night at the Silk Mill Museum.

With a reunion gig of The Beyond scheduled for Friday 16th February there’s no let-up in the Mayor’s bid to smash the target he has set himself.

The Mayor, Councillor John Whitby said:

‘It has been another fantastic evening of fundraising. The generosity and willingness of the people of Derby to donate to my charities has never ceased to amaze me.

‘I can’t thank Baljit and his team at the Slice of India enough for their support. We sold out our allocation of tickets on two occasions and both times he made more seats in the restaurant available, meaning we could raise even more towards our target.’

He added:

‘We’ve got more events planned in the coming months. I’ll be running the Derby 10km in April and even getting myself locked up in the former Magistrates Court. If you’d like to get involved in our fundraising then please get in touch.’

The Mayor’s chosen charities for his year in office are the Derbyshire Children’s Holiday Centre, Children First, Safe and Sound, the British Red Cross and the Derby Museums Trust.

For more information about the Mayor’s fundraising, email mayor@derby.gov.uk or call 01332 643643.