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Rich Man Poor Man charity gala in Wembley raises £60,000

PUBLISHED: 14:26 04 April 2017

BBC's Asad Ahmad and ITV's Fatima Manji hosted the Sufra Rich man, Poor man gala dinner at Brent Civic Centre,  (Pic:   Chris Winter)

BBC's Asad Ahmad and ITV's Fatima Manji hosted the Sufra Rich man, Poor man gala dinner at Brent Civic Centre, (Pic: Chris Winter)

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A charity dinner in Wembley where some guests ate a feast and others dined on boiled rice has raised £60,000 towards feeding the poorest families in Brent.

Cllr Parvez Ahmed, mayor of Brent with Cllr Muhammed Butt, leader of Brent Council at Sufra Rich man, Poor man gala dinner (Picture: Chris Winter)Cllr Parvez Ahmed, mayor of Brent with Cllr Muhammed Butt, leader of Brent Council at Sufra Rich man, Poor man gala dinner (Picture: Chris Winter)

The ‘Rich Man Poor Man’ Gala, run by food bank Sufra NW London, saw guests nominated at random as either ‘rich’ or ‘poor’.

The ‘rich’ tables were served a luxurious three-course meal, while the ‘poor’ tables, were supposed to receive a bowl of rice and a few tins from the food bank.

But the event at Brent Civic Centre took an unexpected twist when ‘rich’ guests decided to sponsor their ‘poor’ neighbours, so they too could tuck into a Lebaneze meze first course, Indian thali main and icecream dessert, which ended up raising even more cash.

An auction, with lots including a cricket bat signed by Mike Gatting, a signed Manchester United shirt, and a boxing glove signed by Sugar Ray Leonard also raised much needed funds. Sufra NW London is a Stonebridge based community food bank and kitchen which aims to support disadvantaged families suffering food poverty in the local area.

One lucky guest at the Sufra Rich man, Poor man gala dinner (Picture: 

Chris Winter)One lucky guest at the Sufra Rich man, Poor man gala dinner (Picture: Chris Winter)

The money raised will allow it to run for another year.

In receipt of no government funding, the food bank relies solely on donations to deliver the service, which feeds 4,000 people in the borough every year. More than 29,000 children across North West London are living in severe poverty and may go to bed hungry.

The event was sponsored by Quintain, MyLotto24, Cygnet Properties, Sisk Builders, Daniels Estate Agents and Print Express with donations from other local businesses.

Mohammed S Mamdani, director of Sufra NW London, said: “I’m delighted with how much money we raised on the night, and was amazed at the generosity of those nominated ‘rich.’ It’s symbolic of the vital work our volunteers and supporters carry out on a daily basis – helping those who don’t have enough to eat.

“Sufra NW London provides a life-line for families who simply don’t have enough food to eat. Although we live in a welfare state, there are so many things that can go wrong leaving no money for food. In those moments of crisis we are here to help.”

James Saunders, chief operating officer at Quintain, the developer behind Wembley Park said: “We’re delighted to be supporting an organisation that plays such a vital role in the local community.”

www.sufra-nwlondon.org.uk.

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