Dabbawal street food kitchen selects St Oswald's Hospice as its chosen charity

PUBLISHED: 19:45 17 April 2013 | UPDATED: 19:45 17 April 2013

Auction winners Owen and Ann-Marie Ingram, Dabbawal Chef Man Singh, St Oswald's fundraiser Gemma Crabb

Auction winners Owen and Ann-Marie Ingram, Dabbawal Chef Man Singh, St Oswald's fundraiser Gemma Crabb


Dabbawal, Newcastle's only Indian street food kitchen, has selected St Oswald's Hospice as its chosen charity of the year to support, starting in May.

The restaurant has already raised £650 by offering a money-can’t-buy auction prize at the charity’s Bollywood Ball in February, giving the rare opportunity for the winning bidder to go behind the scenes at the popular Indian restaurant and cook a feast for five friends, assisted by Dabbawal’s talented team of chefs.

Mrs. Ann-Marie of Prudhoe won the prize for her husband and son, who will be some of the very few members of the public ever to gain access to Dabbawal’s kitchen and share some of the closely guarded secrets of its award-winning team. They will then enjoy the meal in Dabbawal’s private dining room with their guests.

Ann Marie says: “St Oswald’s Hospice is a wonderful organization; I’m sure that everybody who has been touched by cancer at some point in their lives would agree! So we were very happy to support them in the auction.

“My son and husband are real foodies who love Indian food, and the chance to get such hands on experience learning from the experts in the Dabbawal kitchen was too good to miss! Plus myself and my other son will get to eat their efforts in the kitchen, which will be great for us!”

The Dabbawal team also served canapés to guests on arrival at the ball, which was held at the Hilton, Gateshead on February 9th. The event raised over £62,000 for St Oswald’s Hospice and saw Indian dancers, entertainment and even elephants wow guests.

Dabbawal owner Jo Nessa says: “We’re really pleased to be able to support such a worthwhile cause as St Oswald’s Hospice. It was great fun serving Indian canapés at the Bollywood Ball fundraiser, and we hope to raise even more money for them throughout the year and support them in their future events.”

St Oswald’s Hospice head of fundraising Viv Williamson says: “We are extremely grateful to Dabbawal for choosing St Oswald’s as their charity of the year. It was incredibly generous of them to donate such a fantastic auction prize and to serve canapés at the Bollywood Ball. We rely on the support of local businesses like Dabbawal to help us to continue caring for adults, young people and children from across the North East at a time when they need it the most. We are really looking forward to working together over the coming year.”

Dabbawal, High Bridge, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 6BX, tel 0191 232 5133, www.dabbawal.com

Visit www.stoswaldsuk.org for more information about St. Oswald’s Hospice.

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