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Shadhona charity curry night
Shadhona charity curry night

A charity curry night at an Indian restaurant in Bishop's Stortford raised £4,080 for the Princess Alexandra Hospital (PAH) breast cancer unit.

The event at the Shadhona in South Street was organised by Shelley Ridgway, 32, who owns Beau Belles hair salon in Sawbridgeworth. She lives near Dunmow with husband Nick and four-year-old daughter Nixie.

The 110 guests were welcomed with Prosecco and enjoyed delicious food. They were entertained by belly dancers from Belly Belles Egyptian Dance Group, and there were games, a quiz and a raffle.

Shelley was joined by surgeon Ashraf Patel, the clinical lead for breast surgery at PAH and head of the specialist breast cancer unit at St Margaret’s Hospital in Epping, and his team.

The mayor of Bishop’s Stortford, Cllr Colin Woodward, also attended and made a generous donation, rounding up Shelley’s original £3,750 fundraising total to £4,000.

“I just want to thank everyone that helped us achieve this,” she said. “Colin was the icing on the cake for rounding it up to our amazing total, so we reached our target.”

Shelley started raising money to fight breast cancer after seven of her regular clients were diagnosed with the disease. Last year she organised Beau Belles Ball at the Manor of Groves Hotel in High Wych made £15,524.

Shelley chose the Shadhona for the fundraiser as it is one of her favourite places to eat in Stortford. “They’ve known me and my family since I was 16,” she said. “They’re always so welcoming and serve great food.

“I knew it wouldn’t be a problem for them to cope with our 110 friends, family and clients that help us fundraise. They did such a great job.”

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