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Here at Spice Cottage we are not only about food – we endeavor to actively participate and contribute to our local community! To do so, we often organise various events and fundraising!

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DISS EXPRESS: Four colourful genies, with not a magic lamp in sight, ran through the streets of Diss on Wednesday to raise money for a charity that grants wishes for children with life threatening illnesses.

Staff from The Spice Cottage in Diss, organised a fun run with a difference through the town, stopping at pubs, restaurants and shops with collection buckets, raising vital funds for Make-a-Wish foundation.

Sarwar Jahan, owner of the restaurant, said the staff wanted to give up their free time to help such a worthy cause.

“We know other charity fundraisers have Santa runs, but we thought it would be a magical thing to do to have an exotic genie run, making children’s wishes come true,” he said.

“The work that Make-A-Wish do to support families at a devastating time in their lives is truly inspirational.”

Collection buckets have already been pulling in the pounds over the last few weeks in the restaurant, and will remain there this weekend for further donations. Mr Jahan hopes to raise about £300 and aims to organise four charity events a year.

The Make-A-Wish foundation works to grant magical wishes to young people aged three to 17 who are fighting life-threatening illnesses.

Read more: Diss Mercury Tandoori Magazine

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EASTERN DAILY PRESS: Alim Uddin, of the Spice Cottage curry house, in the Market Place, sat in the bath full of spiced water and vegetables on Wednesday to raise funds for the charity.

The chef endured the hot bath for about an hour as staff collected money for the BBC’s Children in Need appeal.

Carnival Queen Annabel Oakes also joined charity fundraisers for the event in the centre of Diss, but opted to keep her feet dry.

Event organiser Emdad Hussain, manager at the Indian and Nepalese restaurant, said: “Children in Need do superb work to help families. We are a family run restaurant and a big fan of the charity, so we wanted to do something fun to support them.”

“We would like to say a big thank you to all the Diss people who generously supported the fundraiser, and we will be keeping a donations bucket in the restaurant for the next week if people want to add donations.”

The latest charity fundraiser comes after waiters at the Spice Cottage dressed up as super hero characters earlier this year to help raise thousands of pounds for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices.

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EASTERN DAILY PRESS: Waiters at a Diss restaurant dressed up as children’s superheroes last night to help raise more than £1,000 for young people with life-threatening illnesses.

Staff at the Spice Cottage swapped their usual uniforms for Batman and Robin costumes for the fundraiser for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH).

About 100 diners booked in for the charitable event on Monday, with staff donating their wages, and 50pc of takings from the restaurant for the charity. They raised a total of £1,113.50.

EACH supports families and cares for children with life-threatening conditions across Norfolk and Suffolk, Essex and Cambridgeshire and needs £4m of donations a year to run its services.

Emdad Hussain, manager at the Indian and Nepalese restaurant, said: “We know the volunteers who do so much good work at the charity shop on Chapel Street in Diss and wanted to help them; they are the real superheroes. The hospice is there for families at times of crisis and we are thrilled to be able to do our bit to help.”

Read more: Diss Mercury Eastern Daily Press

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DISS MERCURY: About 25 pupils from Scole Primary School learnt about one of Britain’s favourite foodstuffs when they went to the Spice Cottage on Monday lunchtime.For many of the children it was their first ever taste of Indian cuisine and chefs rustled up some mild dishes for the six-year-olds; including Bangladesh Butter Chicken and Nepalese Jomsom Lamb with rice, naan bread and poppadoms.

The headteacher at Scole Primary said the visit would become a valuable part of the school’s religious education lessons. “This is a really good opportunity for the children to experience firsthand different cultures, tastes and flavours. For some it will be their very first time and it gives them the opportunity to sample the food and the aromas from India. Within our country as a whole we are very multicultural, but in our region children have less exposure to different cultures To taste the food and talk to the staff is a great chance for them and allows them to see the world beyond Scole and Norfolk” he said.

The manager of the Spice Cottage said he was delighted to teach local school children about Indian and Nepalese food and culture. “It s so important at an early age to be introduced to different foods and flavours, it’s a great way of learning and we were delighted to have the children and staff here for lunch as our guests. We treated them like we would treat out family, it was lovely to see them all smiling and having a good time” he said.

Read more: Diss Mercury Eastern Daily Press