Saturday 22 July 2017

Marines cook up £6,000 for charity

Cpl Ian Dixon (left), Marine Ryan Murphy (second right) and Cpl Michael Anderson (right) are taught Indian cooking by chef Arfan Razak
Cpl Ian Dixon (left), Marine Ryan Murphy (second right) and Cpl Michael Anderson (right) are taught Indian cooking by chef Arfan Razak

A team of Royal Marines helped raise more than £6,000 for charity when they took on a culinary challenge.

Six chefs from 40 Commando, based in Taunton, Somerset, took over the kitchen of an Indian restaurant, cooking a three-course meal for 90 guests.

The group spent the week being trained by chefs at the Curry Lounge in Nottingham ready for Thursday night's task, dubbed An Evening with the Heroes.

And thanks to the generosity of guests, who included local sports stars, business figures and restaurant regulars, they raised £6,000 for the Royal Marines Benevolent Fund, which supports Marines past and present, as well as the families of those killed in the line of duty.

Curry Lounge owner Arfan Razak, known as Raz, said it had been a memorable week. "To end it by raising such a significant amount of money for a very worthy cause makes it even more special," he said.

"The guys have been a credit to 40 Commando and they took to the kitchen for the charity evening like true professionals and all of the guests commented on the exceptionally high standard of the food. Nothing fazes these men - they are true heroes."

The evening also included a charity auction, with prizes including an ice hockey shirt donated by the Nottingham Panthers, a Samsung Galaxy Tab computer and an Indian meal cooked in the winner's home by the Curry Lounge team.

Colour Sergeant Dale Bedforth said: "We've had a fantastic reception in Nottingham and the skills that we've picked up from Raz and his team will prove to be incredibly useful, particularly when we're trying to cook up something tasty on tour.

"It means an awful lot to us that so many people turned up for the charity evening and let us cook their favourite dishes for them. The money raised will be put to good use. Many of our fellow Marines have been seriously injured and some have lost their lives, so any donations to the Benevolent Fund help to create a much needed support network.

"The people of Nottingham have dug deep and have helped to make a difference to many people's lives. On behalf of the Royal Marines, we are very grateful for their support."

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